General view shows the empty garden of the King Fahd Library, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 19, 2020.
General view shows the empty garden of the King Fahd Library, following coronavirus precautionary measures, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 19, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has reported another 154 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed patients to 2,039, the Ministry of Health announced on Friday.

The ministry also confirmed four more deaths from the deadly virus, pushing to 25 the death toll in the Kingdom.

In the daily press briefing, the ministry revealed that currently there are 1,663 active cases receiving necessary healthcare across the Kingdom’s hospitals.

In the last couple of days, the kingdom has seen a significant hike in the total number of reported cases. This is because we have screened hundreds of residency violators, the ministry said.

Earlier today, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has ordered the government to bear 60 percent of Saudi employees’ salaries for a period of three months amounting up to 9 billion Saudi riyals ($2.39 billion). The aid will support 1.2 million of those working in coronavirus affected companies, state news agency SPA reported on Friday.

King Salman has also ordered free treatment be provided to all coronavirus patients in all government and private health facilities in Saudi Arabia.