Saudi: Gatherings to Blame for Hike in COVID-19 Cases

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Saudi Health Ministry’s spokesman has attributed the increase of COVID-19 cases among children and women to social gatherings.

A total of 22 percent of Monday’s recorded cases were women and 7 percent were children.

“The increase was due to crowded social gatherings in a way that violates health advice and instructions,” said Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly. “This is shown in the figures; in recent days, there was an increase in the number of females and children, the number of Saudi nationals has also increased.”

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He said that the increase in cases indicated that certain activities had returned in a negative manner and described this as “very unfortunate.”

Epidemiological investigations revealed that some cases were linked to gatherings of 30 or more people, he said.

This was a violation of the precautionary measure set in place by the authorities.

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