Saudi: 65% of today’s new coronavirus cases are expats

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Saudi Arabia on Sunday recorded 1,912 new coronavirus cases, its highest daily toll yet, increasing the total in the Kingdom to 39,048, according to a spokesman of the health ministry.

Of the new cases, 35 percent are Saudis while 65 percent are of different nationalities, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdel Ali was quoted by Saudi Press Agency as saying.

Even though the Kingdom’s daily new cases toll is significantly rising, it has maintained a relatively low death rate and high recovery numbers. The health ministry recorded nine new fatalities, raising the death toll to 246, that’s less than 0.7 percent of the total cases. Meanwhile, nearly 30 percent, 11,457 people, have recovered so far.

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Makkah topped the list on Sunday with 438 cases, followed by 374 in Jeddah, 363 in Riyadh, 248 in Madinah and 104 in Dammam. There were 72 infections in Hufof, 52 in Qunfudah, 40 in Hadda, 30 in Jubail, 28 in Taif, 20 in Baish, 16 in Qatif, 14 in Yanbu, and 13 in Majamah.

The rest of about 100 cases were scattered in some small cities and towns across the Kingdom, the spokesman said.

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