Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health said on March 10 it has detected five new cases of coronavirus taking the Kingdom’s total to 20.
The ministry stated that four citizens were diagnosed with the disease, three of whom had arrived from Iran and Iraq and entered quarantine after their return. The laboratory tests showed that they were carrying the new coronavirus and they were then transferred to a quarantine ward in a hospital in the Eastern Province.
The ministry statement explained that the fourth case is of a citizen with mild respiratory symptoms who had reported to a hospital in the Eastern Province. He has been isolated in the hospital for treatment after the tests returned positive.
The ministry added that the fifth case is an Egyptian, who had recently come from his country. He too showed mild respiratory symptoms and tested positive. The patient has been isolated in a hospital in Makkah, and all those with whom he had contact with were identified and accounted for.
The ministry called upon all people to contact its 937 service center for any queries, while stressing that information should be taken from its official sources and not believe in rumours.
The ministry said it would fine people who did not disclose health information and travel details at entry up to $133,000.