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Saudi Arabia records sharp drop in daily coronavirus toll

12 Jul 2020
Saudi Arabia recorded 30 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, the lowest daily rate in the Kingdom for a week. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia recorded 30 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, the lowest daily rate in the Kingdom for a week. (SPA)
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Updated 13 Jul 2020
12 Jul 2020

Rawan Radwan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s daily fatality rate from COVID-19 fell sharply on Saturday, with the Health Ministry announcing 30 deaths — up to half the number recorded in recent weeks.

The Kingdom’s death toll stands at 2,181.

Meanwhile, 2,994 new cases were reported, raising the number of confirmed cases to 229,480. The number of active cases in the Kingdom is 61,903.

Ten percent of the new cases were recorded in Riyadh at 285 cases. Hufof recorded 226 new cases, Jeddah 221, Dammam 211 and Taif 152.

Ten patients were admitted to critical care units, taking the number of patients in intensive care to 2,230.

Women made up 37 percent of the cases, while 86 percent were adults, 4 percent were above 65 and 4 percent were children.

A total of 2,370 new recoveries was recorded, taking the overall number to 165,396.

In the past 24 hours, 46,842 polymerase chain reaction tests were carried out, raising the number of tests to more than 2.2 million.

More than 6,000 people were tested at nine Tatamman clinics in the Jazan region. Up to 220,000 people have been tested at more than 230 clinics in cities across the Kingdom.

The Health Ministry says that anyone who believes they may be infected can visit a Tatamman clinic without the need to make an appointment. Takkad (make sure) drive-thru testing centers are also available after booking via the Sehaty app.

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