JEDDAH: Saudi Ministry of Health reported 323 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the total number of infected to 339,267.
Of the reported Sunday cases, 12 per cent were children, 85 per cent were adults, 3 per cent were elderly, while 42 per cent were female and 58 per cent were male.
A number of 593 new recoveries were recorded, bringing the number to 325,330 and raising the Kingdom’s recovery rate to almost 96 per cent.
The active cases of Saudi Arabia have decreased below the 9,000 case mark — there are actually 8,893 cases. According to Health Ministry spokesperson Dr Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, two-thirds of critical care patients are recovering and the number is growing.
A record of 25 new deaths were registered on Sundays. There were 5,043 patients who died of infection complications.
There are currently 826 patients in critical care units, with a drop of 11.9 per cent since last week.
The Kingdom continues to make progress in its attempts to detect coronavirus cases using polymerase chain reaction tests, of which more than 7 million have been carried out so far, of which 38,239 have been carried out in the past 24 hours.
Al-Aly refuted claims that the virus might have mutated, leading to the appearance of a second wave of infection in a number of countries.
“There are no facts that can corroborate that claim, instead, the surge in numbers was due to the communities’ return to pre-COVID activities while disregarding safety and precautionary measures,” he said.
“We don’t want to test this phenomenon and return back to recording high numbers. With our (community) adherence to precautionary measures until the end of the pandemic we will maintain a downward slope in recorded cases, which in part will be the key to combat a second surge.”
The Kingdom tops the list of Arab countries in its scientific publications of clinical trials and COVID-19 research papers.
“With the Kingdom’s great cadres and Saudis leading in their given research fields, it’s with their hard work and effort that Saudi Arabia ranked 25th place globally thanks to its scientific contributions,” Al-Aly said.