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Saudi Arabia’s Virus Cases Top 2,000 as 351 Recover

Saudi Arabia’s Virus Cases Top 2,000 as 351 Recover

Friday, 3 April, 2020 - 04:45
Empty roads during curfew in the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus cases have exceeded 2,000 after 154 patients were diagnosed in the past 24 hours.


Health Ministry spokesman Mohammed Abdelali said three of the new cases were linked to travel, while the rest contracted the virus from other patients.


The Kingdom has registered 2,039 cases, including 1,663 who are still receiving regular medical care, 41 are in intensive care, 351 have recovered and 25 have died, he told a press briefing.


Earlier, the curfew imposed in Dammam city and the Taef and al-Qatif provinces was brought forward as part of Saudi authorities’ ongoing preventive measures against the novel coronavirus, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Friday.


An official source at the Interior Ministry said the indefinite curfew will now start at 3 pm, starting Friday.


The Interior Ministry stressed that the new measure is part of the necessary efforts to preserve public health, urging the people to respect the guidelines.


Saudi Arabia had on Thursday imposed a 24-hour curfew in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah to contain the outbreak.


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