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Coronavirus: Saudi death toll reaches 239 as confirmed Covid-19 cases rise to over 37,000

There are currently 26,753 active cases undergoing medical treatment, with 140 described as "critical"

Coronavirus: Saudi death toll reaches 239 as confirmed Covid-19 cases rise to over 37,000

Saudi Arabia announced ten people died in the kingdom as a result of  Covid-19, in its latest update, all of whom were expats.

Assistant to the minister of health and the official spokesman of the ministry Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulali said the latest deaths, in Makkah, Riyadh, Jeddah and Jubail were “not Saudi nationals” and ranged from ages 32 through to 66-years-old. There are a total of 239 Covid-19-related deaths in the kingdom.

It was also confirmed on Saturday that there were 1,704 new cases of coronavirus in the country, taking the total number up to 37,136.

Al-Abdulali said the cases involved 417 in Makkah, 316 in Riyadh, Jeddah (265), Madinah (112), Dammam (111), Taif (107), Jubail (67), Khobar (54), with lesser numbers across the kingdom in other towns.

He revealed that, of the newly confirmed cases, 30 percent were Saudi nationals and 70 percent were expatriates; while 18 percent were females and the rest were male, pointing out that, according to age category, four percent were for the aged, six percent children and 90 percent adults.

There are currently 26,753 active cases undergoing medical treatment, with 140 described by Al-Abdulali as “critical”.

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