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Abu Dhabi: The Saudi Ministry of Health said 99 per cent of 12 to 18-year-olds have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose, noting that it is vital to get both doses to gain maximum protection against all existing and emerging variants of COVID-19.

The ministry said another 360 infections were recorded, bringing the tally to 542,354 and 741 recovered, for a total of 529,377.

The number of active cases reached 4,487, including 1,127 critical, the ministry said.

Nine more deaths were recorded, bringing the total to 8,490, the ministry added.