By Gavin Gibbon
Total number of cases in the kingdom now stands at 17,522; 2,357 people have recovered
Saudi Arabia reported 1,233 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the total number of infections in the kingdom to 17,522.
A further three deaths were confirmed, according to Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, taking the death toll to 139.
Dr Al-Abdulaali, who was addressing a press conference after the 67th meeting of the country’s Covid-19 Follow-up Committee, said that, of the total patients in the kingdom, 15,026 are receiving medical care and their condition is described as “stable”.
A total of 115 patients are receiving intensive care.
The number of new recoveries is 142, bringing the total to 2,357, he added.
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia announced a $265 million deal with China’s Beijing Genome Institute (BGI), which will provide nine million Covid-19 tests for the country.
In a statement, it said the agreement would also involve "500 experts, specialists, and technicians" coming from China to conduct the tests.