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RIYAD: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19-related deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths to 8,778.
The Health Ministry has confirmed 47 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the past 24 hours, which means that 548,252 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 79 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases was recorded in the capital Riyadh with 13 cases, followed by Jeddah with nine, Mecca with four and Medina with three cases.
The Ministry of Health also announced that 36 patients have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 537,282.
More than 45.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered since the Kingdom’s vaccination campaign began. More than 21.1 million people have been fully immunized.


Saudi authorities continued their surveillance campaigns to ensure compliance with precautionary measures imposed to stem the spread of the disease.
The Home Office reported 824 violations last week, up from 22,746 the week before. The highest number of violations was recorded in Riyadh with 344, followed by Mecca with 298, Medina with 59 and the Eastern Province with 56. Al-Jawf recorded the lowest number of violations with three.
The ministry called on citizens and residents to respect the preventive protocols and instructions issued by the authorities in this regard.
Saudi municipalities have also stepped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.
The Municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 8,872 inspection visits to shopping centers and facilities during the past week. Authorities found 475 violations and closed three companies for failing to comply with precautionary measures.
Rafha Municipality in Northern Frontiers Province also carried out 280 inspection visits to shopping malls and facilities over the past week and authorities fined 25 outlets for violating protocols. .
Authorities have also called on the public to report any suspected health damage by calling the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected more than 244 million people worldwide and the death toll has reached an estimated 4.96 million.


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