The number of new COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia is continuing to decline as the Ministry of Health, on Thursday, reported 677 confirmed cases, 1,585 recoveries and a single virus-related death.
On Wednesday, over 620 cases were reported, while 1,880 recoveries were recorded. Cases have been decreasing since Jan. 19, when over 5,920 cases were recorded. The new numbers bring the total recoveries to 718,979. However, nearly 700 critical cases are still receiving treatment in the intensive care units.
According to the Health Ministry, more than 60.6 million COVID
have been administered in the Kingdom since the nationwide vaccination campaign began in December 2020.
Meanwhile, over 40,449,725 PCR tests have been performed and 8,991 deaths have been reported since the pandemic started.
The Health Ministry sent Arab News a list of updated statistics about the vaccination campaign. It said that 25,912,022 people in Saudi Arabia of both citizens and residents have received the first dose of the vaccine
, while 24,131,237 people received their second doses.
It added that 10,556,752 people have received a booster. The ministry also said that 1,945,248 doses of the vaccine
have been taken by elderly people. It added that most of the elderly people have received the two doses in addition to the booster vaccine
Last November, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority approved the use of the Pfizer
for children aged between 5 and 11. After the vaccine
was proved safe and effective, Saudi health authorities began administering the inoculation to the children in December. In January, the Saudi Ministry of Education announced that elementary and kindergarten students could return to their schools.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior announced that more than 22,900 people have been arrested in the past week for violating COVID
-19 precautionary measures and health protocols. The ministry reminded the public that anyone who violates the instructions related to isolation or quarantine would be punished with a fine of up to SR200,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years. It added that the two penalties could also be applied.