70 new coronavirus cases as Saudi total reaches 344
RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Health on Friday announced 70 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Eleven of the patients were identified as they flew back to the Kingdom from Morocco, India, Jordan, the Philippines, The UK, the UAE and Switzerland. They were taken directly from the airports to hospitals where they were placed in quarantine.

Another COVID-19 case was diagnosed at a medical practice in Riyadh. The remaining 58 cases involved patients who had contact with people who previously tested positive, in some cases at social events such as weddings, funerals or family gatherings.

Forty-nine of the new cases were in Riyadh, 11 in Jeddah, two in Makkah, and one each in Madinah, Dammam, Dhahran, Qatif, Al-Baha, Tabuk, Bisha and Hafr Al-Batin, the ministry said.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Kingdom has reached 344. Eight patients have recovered, while the rest remain in isolation, including two who are in critical condition.

The ministry urged all citizens and residents to follow all the guidelines and directives designed to limit the spread of the virus. Important precautionary measures to protect individuals and the wider community include avoiding shaking hands with people, washing your hands frequently and avoiding contact with groups of people.

Anyone concerned about the virus, or who wants more information about it and precautions that can be taken, can contact the ministry’s service center on the toll-free number, 937. Only official sources can be relied on to provide accurate information, the ministry added.

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