COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia drop to record low as recovery rate hits 96.6%

November 21, 2020

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health recorded on Saturday 221 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, marking the lowest single-day number in nearly eight months since the outbreak of the pandemic in the Kingdom.

The Kingdom has reported less than 300 infections thrice in a week with 286 recorded on Friday and 290 on Wednesday.

Single-day coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours also dropped to 16, the statement added.

This brings the total number of confirmed infections in the Kingdom to 355,034 and virus-related fatalities to 5,761.

The ministry also reported 478 new recoveries over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of people free from the deadly virus to 342,882 with the recovery rate rising to 96.58 percent.

Riyadh recorded the highest number of daily infections with 63 cases followed by Madinah with 22, and Makkah Jeddah and Jubail with 12 cases each.

The remaining cases were detected in different cities and governorates across the Kingdom.

With the steady drop in the number of daily cases and the spike in recoveries, the active cases in the Kingdom also came down significantly with 6,391 reported on Saturday, and out of the total, 796 were critical cases. — SG

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