Saudi: New COVID-19 cases below 300 for first time in months

A Saudi man and his daughter stroll down the seafront promenade in the Saudi seaport of jeddah, on June 21, 2020, as the country re-opens following the lifting of a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / AFP / AMER HILABI
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 Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health recorded on Wednesday 290 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, marking the lowest single-day number in more than seven months since the outbreak of the pandemic in the Kingdom.

Eighteen more patients died from complications caused by the virus over the past 24 hours, the statement added.

This brings the total number of confirmed infections in the Kingdom to 354,208 and virus-related fatalities to 5,710.

The ministry also reported 411 new recoveries over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of people free from the deadly virus to 341,515 with the recovery rate rising to 96.41 percent.

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Riyadh recorded the highest number of daily infections with 63 cases followed by Madinah with 29, Hail with 24, and Jeddah with 13 cases. The remaining cases were detected in different cities and governorates across the Kingdom.

With the steady drop in the number of daily cases and the spike in recoveries, the active cases in the Kingdom also came down significantly with 6,983 reported on Wednesday, and out of the total, 808 were critical cases.

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