By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Saudi Arabia's Covid-19 death toll has risen to 109
Saudi Arabia has recorded 1,147 new cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the kingdom’s total to 11,631, according to Saudi health authorities.
Additionally, five new deaths were reported, bring the total death toll to 109.
According to Saudi officials, sizeable increases over the last week are a result of a significant increase in field tests.
Of the newly detected cases, 76 percent were detected by field testing, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdel Ali was quoted as saying by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Dr. Al-Abdel Ali also said that 150 teams of medical screeners have fanned out across the country to screen the populace.
More than half a million people have been screened so far.
There are currently nearly 10,000 active cases in Saudi Arabia. A total of 1,640 people have recovered so far.
Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, however, has warned that the total number of cases could surge past 200,000 in the coming weeks according to studies conducted in Saudi Arabia and abroad.