Saudi Arabia records highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases

Saudi Arabia has recorded its highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases, with 5,362 new infections and two virus-related deaths, according to the health ministry.

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The previous peak was 4,919 daily cases, recorded in June 2020.

The number of cases has increased rapidly in recent weeks as the more transmissible omicron variant spreads.

Saudi Arabia recorded its first case of the omicron variant in early December, despite coming from an undisclosed North African country.

The Kingdom has now recorded a total of 593,545 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and 8,899 deaths.

Saudi Arabia’s massive immunization program saw the administration of 52,901,992 doses of vaccine.

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

The Kingdom has also reintroduced social distancing measures at the Grand Mosque of Mecca in recent weeks.

The mask warrants in public places, indoors and outdoors, have also been reintroduced.

Saudi Arabia recorded its first case of the omicron variant on December 1, believed to be from an undisclosed North African country.

The number of COVID-19 cases has climbed to unprecedented levels around the world as the most contagious variant of omicron spreads.

Global deaths, however, remained well below the January 2021 peak, as the omicron variant shows less severe symptoms than other forms of the virus.

The neighboring United Arab Emirates recorded 2,562 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, according to the country’s health ministry.

The United Arab Emirates also announced their first case of the omicron variant in early December.

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