Coronavirus cases rise in Saudi Arabia despite vaccination campaign expansion

MENA

Published: 2021-04-02 11:31

Last Updated: 2021-04-16 22:46


Coronavirus cases rise in Saudi Arabia despite vaccination campaign expansion
Coronavirus cases rise in Saudi Arabia despite vaccination campaign expansion

Coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia continue rising with the Kingdom confirming 590 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health. 

Numbers are expected to continue rising. Wednesday, 585 cases were recorded, while on Tuesday, 556 cases were recorded.

Out of the 590 cases recorded, 238 were detected in the capital, Riyadh, while 111 were recorded in Mecca and 34 in Medina.

Additionally, there were seven people who passed away from complications incurred by the virus, making the death toll since the beginning of the pandemic reach 6,676. 

Saudi Arabia has seen daily coronavirus infections drastically slump to below 100 in January 2021, with the peak being in June 2020 with over 4,000 daily cases.

Last week, efforts were made to expand the national vaccination campaign to cater to all citizens and residents age 16 and over. March 28, the health ministry announced over four million vaccine doses have been administered in Saudi Arabia.

The expansion efforts resulted in double the number of vaccine doses administered in comparison to earlier March.

The Kingdom has over 587 vaccination centers, with plans to continue opening more due to a high demand for vaccinations, said the health ministry spokesperson.

Notably, as of May 2021, PCR tests will be required on a weekly basis for those not vaccinated and working in food stores, public transport, gyms and sporting facilities, and salons.