RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to pregnant women, based on the recommendation of scientific committees.
The Ministry of Health said studies indicate that there is no harm to the pregnant woman or the fetus, while if she were to become infected with the virus, it may cause severe complications and threaten the pregnancy.
The Kingdom recorded 13 new COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,869.
The health ministry confirmed 953 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 412,216 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 9,759 remain active and 1,246 in critical condition.
#الصحة تعلن عن تسجيل (953) حالة إصابة جديدة بفيروس كورونا (كوفيد-19)، وتسجيل (13) حالات وفيات رحمهم الله، وتسجيل (1028) حالة تعافي ليصبح إجمالي عدد الحالات المتعافية (395,557) حالة ولله الحمد. pic.twitter.com/xn2mcL8YkD
— و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) April 25, 2021
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 382, followed by Makkah with 212, the Eastern Province with 152, Asir recorded 38, and Madinah confirmed 33 cases.
The ministry also announced that 1,028 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 395,557.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 147 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 3.11 million.