Total COVID-19 cases pass 600,000 mark in Saudi Arabia with 5,628 new cases

Saudi Arabia recorded another all-time high of new daily COVID-19 cases, with 5,628 new infections and two deaths linked to the virus on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health.

Of those cases, 287 were considered critical.

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Case numbers have risen rapidly in recent weeks with the spread of the more transmissible omicron variant.

Friday’s daily recovery number reached 3511, bringing the total recovery to 558.546.

Saudi Arabia recorded its first case of the omicron variant in early December, and it is believed to have come from an undisclosed North African country. The total number of cases in the Kingdom has now reached 604,972.

There are now 8,903 COVID-related deaths in the country.

Health authorities continue to implement the vaccination plan in the Kingdom, in an effort to vaccinate the majority of the population.

The country has updated its COVID-19 restrictions, announcing new fines of $266 (1,000 Saudi riyals) for violating social distancing rules, and $266,000 (100,000 riyals) for repeat offenders.

The kingdom has also reintroduced social distancing measures at the Grand Mosque in Mecca and other public places in recent weeks.

Mask orders have also been reissued in public places, indoors and out.

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