Riyadh skyline, Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh skyline. Image Credit: Pixabay

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has confirmed 762 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of infections in the Kingdom to 7,142, according to the Ministry of Health.

The ministry has also reported another 4 deaths from the novel virus, taking to 87 the Kingdom’s death toll.

Highly-qualified medical teams are visiting densely populated neighborhoods and the intensified COVID-19 screening and expanded tests have resulted in detecting half of the cases announced recently, the ministry added.

Further precautionary measures to limit the spread of coronavirus have been also announced today. The Ministry of Interior has said it is imposing 24-hour curfew in Samtah and Addayer governorates.

The ministry affirmed that such precautionary measures are meant to protect the society and are subject to review, adding that it has noticed very few cases of violation to the curfew thanks to the public awareness.

Fake permits

The ministry also emphasized that all violators who forged curfew movement permits will be referred to public prosecution.

Earlier yesterday, Police in Riyadh have arrested four people who were engaged in the sale of forged movement permits during the curfew time. Lt. Col. Shaker Al-Tuwaijri, spokesman of police in Riyadh region, said that criminal investigation and monitoring wing of Riyadh police apprehended the gang of four people, including two Saudis and two Egyptians who are in their 40s and 50s, after receiving a tip off about their illegal activities, according to Saudi Gazette.

The gang used to sell one fake permit for SR3,000, taking advantage of the curfew period. The security officials seized 31 forged permits meant to be sold for SR93,000. The security authorities started penal action against them before handing them over to the Public Prosecution.

The Ministry of Interior started issuing permits from April 13 for a section of people who are allowed to move during the curfew period. Every government entity is required to issue necessary permits for its personnel authorized by the competent authority in the Ministry of Interior.