RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed one new COVID-19 related death on Thursday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,829.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 28 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 549,618 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 48 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with nine, followed by Jeddah with five, Madinah confirmed three, and Taif recorded two cases.
The health ministry also announced that 38 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 538,740.
Over 47.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 22.3 million people have been fully vaccinated.
Saudi municipalities have ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.
The municipality of Eastern Province carried out 1,320 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities on Wednesday. Authorities recorded 101 violations and closed one business for not adhering to the precautionary measures.
Officials have also called on the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 260 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 5.19 million.
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