Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus restrictions in Medina amid rising cases
The death toll in the kingdom reaches 239 as confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to over 37,000. Residents are allowed to leave their homes between 9am to 5pm under new rules in certain areas.
Saudi Arabia has reported 1,704 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths even as the kingdom starts to ease lockdown restrictions in Medina city. Now the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country stand at 37,136, with 239 dead, the Ministry of Health has said.
Residents are allowed to leave their homes between 9 am to 5 pm under new rules, said the Ministry of Interior.
The decision follows a recommendation by health authorities that restrictions be relaxed in areas like Al-Shouraybat, Bani Dhafar, Qurban, Al-Jumuah, and parts of Al-Iskan and Bani Khidrah, according to a report in Al-Arabiya.
Minister of Health and the official spokesman of the Ministry Dr Mohammed Al-Abdulali said that of the newly confirmed cases, 30 per cent were Saudi nationals and 70 per cent were expatriates; while 18 per cent were females and the rest were male, pointing out that, according to age category, four per cent were for the aged, six per cent children and 90 per cent adults.
Al-Abdulali said the cases involved 417 in Mecca, 316 in Riyadh, Jeddah (265), Medina (112), Dammam (111), Taif (107), Jubail (67), Khobar (54), with lesser numbers across the kingdom in other towns.
According to officials, the public response to remaining restrictions will be monitored and evaluated by health authorities.
This comes after Saudi Arabia earlier this week banned gatherings and crowds of more than five people under new regulations issued by the Kingdom to curb the coronavirus outbreak.