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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia reports 4,128 new Covid-19 cases, 2,642 recoveries

Filed on July 4, 2020 | Last updated on July 4, 2020 at 05.51 pm
Coronavirus, Saudi Arabia, reports, 4,128, new, Covid-19 cases, 2,642 recoveries,

(Reuters)

Saudi Arabia has passed the grim milestone of 200,000 confirmed novel coronavirus cases on July 3.

Saudi Arabia has announced 4,128 new cases of Coronavirus in the country on July 4.

2,642 people have recovered and 56 people hav died in the country as a result of the illness, the Saudi Ministry of health announced on their official Twitter account.

Saudi Arabia passed the grim milestone of 200,000 confirmed novel coronavirus cases, the health ministry said on July 3, weeks ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage drastically cut back because of the pandemic.

The country has now 201,801 confirmed infections including 4,193 new cases on Friday alone, and 1,802 deaths.

Over 140,000 of those infected have recovered.

Amid tight restrictions to rein in the pandemic, the kingdom has said it would only allow around 1,000 worshippers already present in the kingdom to take part in the annual Haj pilgrimage later this month.

In 2019, the pilgrimage attracted over 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims from around the world.

This year's Haj will take place under strict hygiene protocols, with access restricted to pilgrims under 65 years old and without any chronic illnesses.

Pilgrims will be tested on their arrival in the Holy City of Makkah, and following the ritual they will go into quarantine in their homes.

Saudi Arabia has seen an uptick in both confirmed infections and deaths from the Covid-19 illness since easing movement restrictions in late May.

It has yet to restore international air links.

(With inputs from AFP)


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