JEDDAH: Saudi citizens were on Friday warned against travelling to Uganda amid a rise in the number of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the east African nation.
The Saudi Embassy in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, said the health crisis in the country had worsened and advised people from the Kingdom not to visit for the time being.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia on Friday reported 18 more COVID-19-related deaths, taking the overall toll to 7,537.
There were 1,175 new cases, meaning that 463,703 people in the country had now contracted the disease. A total of 10,112 cases remained active, of which 1,559 patients were in a critical condition.
Of the newly recorded cases, 376 were in Makkah, 258 in Riyadh, 179 in the Eastern Province, and 77 in Madinah.
In addition, the Saudi Ministry of Health said 1,262 patients had recovered from COVID-19, increasing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 446,054.
Saudi Arabia had so far conducted 20,203,947 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, with 90,559 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Testing hubs and treatment centers set up throughout the country have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Among them, Taakad (make sure) centers provide COVID-19 testing for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual. Tetamman (rest assured) clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.
Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app.
Meanwhile, 15,543,151 people in the country had to date received a jab against COVID-19.
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