Saudi Arabia reports increase in recoveries as cases drop

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Saudi Arabia’s single-day coronavirus recovery numbers have been rising steadily with new infections dropping despite the lifting of lockdown measures.

The Kingdom on Thursday recorded 3,092 additional recoveries while it detected only 2,238 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry.

The ministry also announced 34 more deaths resulting from complications caused by coronavirus infection.

This brings the total number of confirmed infections, recoveries and deaths in the Kingdom so far to 260,394, 213,490 and 2,635 respectively.

Al Hufuf topped the Saudi cities with the highest number of newly detected infections after reporting 147 cases, followed by Riyadh with 143 new cases, and Al Mobarraz with 129 cases.

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The other new infections were recorded in different cities and provinces across Saudi Arabia.

Speaking during the press conference, health ministry spokesman Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdel Ali said there are 44,269 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, a total of 2,170 are critical, while the health condition of the rest is stable.

He added that the effect of heat on the coronavirus has not yet been established.

He called on everyone to celebrate Eid Al-Adha in compliance with the preventive measures and should not make it a miserable occasion.

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The spokesman narrated a story saying that after the lifting of lockdown measures, two friends went to a restaurant while one was infected with the virus but was not aware of it. However, the commitment of the other friend to follow precautionary measures, including face mask and social distancing, prevented him from contracting the infection.

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