COVID-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia

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COVID-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationSaudi Arabia
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseQatif, Eastern Province
Arrival date2 March 2020
(2 years, 6 months and 4 weeks)
Confirmed cases355,741[1]
Government website

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to Saudi Arabia on March 2, 2020, when the Ministry of Health confirmed the first case in the kingdom.[2]

By April 8, as many as 150 members of the Saudi royal family had tested positive. The king's nephew, Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, has been put in the intensive care unit over coronavirus problems.[3]

As of November 25, the kingdom has 355,741 confirmed cases, the highest among the Arabian Gulf States with 344,311 recoveries and 5,811 deaths.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "(Covid-19) Disease Interactive Dashboard". Archived from the original on 29 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  2. "Saudi Arabia announces the first case of coronavirus". Arab News. Riyadh: Saudi Research and Marketing Group. 3 March 2020. ISSN 0254-833X. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020. Saudi Arabia reported its first case of the new coronavirus on Monday amid growing fears that a surge in the number of those infected in Iran is threatening the whole region.
  3. "Live Updates: Elite Saudi Hospital Braces for a Wave of Royal Patients". The New York Times. 8 April 2020. Archived from the original on 22 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.