Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced 4,092 new COVID-19 infections and two related deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 695,217 across the Kingdom.
The ministry in a statement reported the death of two more patients to the virus during this period of hours, confirming 8,943 deaths in total since the beginning of the pandemic in the country.
At the same time, 4,604 patients were recovered and discharged from hospitals, the statement added, putting the total number of recoveries to 649,334 people.
In December, the Kingdom announced its first Omicron variant COVID-19 case on a patient coming from abroad.
On January 19, the Kingdom reported 5,928 cases, which was the highest number of infections, prompting the Kingdom to accelerate vaccination drives across the country.
According to the SPA news agency, the Saudis were urged to receive a booster vaccination shot against COVID-19 in the wake of a surge in the new cases.
Saudi citizens need to be vaccinated in order to join “immune status” in the Kingdom’s contact-tracing “Tawakkalna” app that went into effect on February 1.
According to SPA, people who are not members of the Tawakhalna app cannot attend events, enter government buildings, and travel by plane or public transport.
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