By Gavin Gibbon
Total number of those who have recovered from coronavirus in the kingdom stands at 1,490
Saudi health authorities confirmed 1,122 new coronavirus cases on Monday.
The health ministry also revealed that the Covid-19 death toll passed 100 on Monday with six new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities in the kingdom to 103.
According to a statement on the Saudi Press Agency, there were 402 cases in Makkah, 200 in Riyadh; 186 in Jeddah; 120 in Madinah; 78 in Dammam; 63 in Hafouf; 39 in Jubail; 16 in Taif; nine in Zulfi; five in Khobar; three in each of Abha, Buraydah and Najran; and one in each of Diriyah, Yanbu and Al-Madha.
“The overall number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Saudi Arabia stands at 10,484 – of which 8,891 cases are diagnosed as active and 88 diagnosed as critical," said health ministry spokesperson Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali , adding that 92 cases recovered on Monday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,490.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawazan Al-Rabiah admitted that Ramadan will be “different” this year for Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world, but urged everyone to abide by the strict social distancing laws to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
He said: “We are in one boat. We must apply the social distance to protect ourselves from the virus.”
The Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and President of Council of Senior Scholars and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, has said that, if it is impossible to perform Taraweeh and Eid prayers in the mosques because of the precautionary measures taken by the Saudi authorities to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, then people pray at their homes.