Saudi Arabia reports first coronavirus death, 205 new cases


Saudi Arabia reported its first death related to the novel coronavirus and confirmed 205 new cases on Tuesday, a day after the kingdom imposed a nationwide night-time curfew.

The new cases bring the total number of coronavirus patients in the country to 767.

While most of them are in stable condition, three are in a critical state, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

A 51-year-old Afghan man died on Monday evening in the city of Medina, becoming the kingdom’s first coronavirus fatality.

A curfew from 7.00 pm to 6.00 am went into effect on Monday as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia suspended international and domestic flights, as well as local transport.

It has also halted the Muslim Umrah pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca.

In Bahrain, a 65–year-old man who suffered from chronic health problems has died as a result of the coronavirus, becoming the Gulf state’s third Covid-19 fatality.

It comes two days after a 51-year-old woman, who was recently brought back from Iran, died on Sunday.

There are at least 339 cases in Bahrain. (dpa/NAN)

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