Riyadh Saudi Arabia
General view of Riyadh city, after the Saudi government eased a curfew, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 7, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: Saudi Arabia reported 2, 399 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 72, 560 and the virus-related death toll to 390, on Sunday.

The Ministry of Health announced that 21 per cent of the new cases are women, while 79 cases are men. Breaking down figures according to age groups, the ministry said that 3 per cent of the newly detected cases are elderly, while 87 per cent are adults and 10 per cent are children.

The new cases were detected through 18, 919 new COVID-19 tests, raising the total tests conducted across the kingdom to 703, 534, Mohammed Al Abd Al Ali, health ministry spokesman said.

Some 2, 284 COVID-19 patients have made full recovery, taking total recoveries to 43, 520, while 28, 650 patients are still receiving medication at the kingdom’s various hospitals.

The spokesperson said the recovered cases continue to surpass the number of newly detected cases.

With the rise in COVID-19 cases continues, Saudi authorities imposed a 24-hour lockdown during Eid Al Fitr, with a ban on gatherings of more than five people or gatherings with more than one family who do not live in the same household.

The ministry urged all citizens and residents to follow precautionary measures during the holiday to help stem the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate its consequences.