Riyadh Saudi Arabia
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Dubai: Saudi Arabia recently reported a surge in the number of women infected with COVID-19, local media said on Sunday.

In a daily media briefing, Dr Mohammed Al Abdul Ali, assistant Minister of Health and the ministry’s Spokesman, said that 55 per cent of the recently reported COVID-19 infections are among women in the Kingdom.

“There has also been a surge in the number of women who have been admitted to intensive care units after their conditions turned critical,” the spokesman said.

Abdul Ali said that the epidemiological indicators showed an increase in infections to higher levels than they were at the beginning of the year 2021.

The effectiveness and safety of vaccines is higher, he said while urging everyone to come forward to receive the vaccine jabs.

The spokesperson said the turnout for vaccination among women was below the expected level. “We hope they will take the initiative to receive the vaccine, as the condition of all those who have previously taken it, both male and female from different target age groups, is reassuring and have not developed any health problems or unexpected symptoms so far,” he said.

Dr. Abdul Ali said that the total number of doses that have been administered since the start of vaccination in the Kingdom until Sunday reached 7,069,257 doses. More than 6.2 million people have so far received vaccine jabs in the Kingdom, he added.

Meanwhile, 916 new COVID-19 cases and 13 more virus-related deaths were reported in the Kingdom over the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of confirmed infections in the Kingdom to 404,970 and the virus-related fatalities to 6,823.