Saudi reports 1,088 new cases; more than 80% expats

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Saudi Arabia on Sunday reported 1,088 coronavirus with the total recorded infections drawing closer to a frightening 10,000-mark. The total number of infections now stands at 9,362. Among the new cases, 17 percent were of Saudi citizens, while 83 percent were foreigners.

Five people have died of the virus during the last 24 hours bringing the total number of virus-related fatalities in the Kingdom to 97, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdel Ali was quoted by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as telling a regular press briefing.

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The new deaths are all non-citizens and involve four people who live in Makkah, and one person who resides in Jeddah, the ministry spokesman said.

The patients who died of the virus were between the ages of 37 to 64, and the majority suffered from chronic illnesses.

A total of 251 new cases were found in Makkah, 210 in Jeddah, 194 in Dammam, 177 were confirmed in Madinah, and 123 were reported in Hufof. The other new cases were reported in other areas across Saudi Arabia.

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So far 1,398 people have recovered from the virus in the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia has been ramping up its efforts to detect the virus and has been actively conducting screenings across the country. More than 180,000 tests have been conducted in Saudi Arabia so far, the spokesman said.

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