Saudi Arabia reports 364 new Covid-19 cases

Officials meet 370 supermarket and restaurant owners to promote health measures

In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, photo, health worker Bayan Mohammed collects a swab sample for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at drive-through testing center at King Abdulaziz University in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, where authorities already have banned travel to the kingdom from 20 countries including the U.S., officials ordered all weddings and parties suspended. It closed down all shopping malls, gyms and other locations for 10 days, as well as indoor dining. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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There were 364 new infections recorded in the kingdom on Thursday, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health said.

The authority said the situation is worrying and "makes us all accountable".

The ministry said officials met 370 supermarket and restaurant owners to stress the importance of implementing precautionary measures and are conducting daily rounds of supervision at an hourly rate. So far, 10 further breaches were recorded.

The ministry said people’s commitment to health and safety practices “is the only way to keep shops and malls open”.

The ministry directed that hosting programmes or lectures in mosques would be suspended temporarily.

The Committee of Islamic Affairs said 12 mosques were closed after the spread of Covid-19 and urged people to wear masks at all times inside mosques.

The country reported five deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday. So far 371,720 cases and 6,420 deaths have been reported in the kingdom.