Saudi Arabia’s daily cases exceed 2,000 for first time

      Published on Sunday, 17 May , 2020      1846 Views     
Saudi Arabia’s daily cases exceed 2,000 for first time

  • Coronavirus

Daily new coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia exceeded 2,000 for the first time and infections continued to rise sharply across the GCC, official data showed on Thursday.

The Saudi Health Ministry said 2,039 people tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, bringing the number of cases to 46,869, including 283 deaths.

At the start of Ramadan, Saudi Arabia eased lockdowns and allowed shops and factories to reopen, because of the social nature of the holy month and the need to resume at least part of the economy.

But officials warned that the easing should not be taken as a licence to ignore social distancing and other precautions to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said this week that lockdown measures would be tightened again, with a resumption of curfews across the country during the Eid holidays from May 23 to May 27.

Most GCC countries have eased lockdown measures for Ramadan.

Kuwait recorded 947 new cases on Thursday, bringing total infections there to 11,975.

The authorities said six more people died, for a total of 88.

Kuwaiti firefighters have been undergoing testing after infections were discovered in one unit, the official news agency Kuna reported.

Category Coronavirus, Saudi News | 2020/05/17 latest update at 10:00 PM
Source : The National | Photocredit : Google
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