In the highest spike in coronavirus infection on a single day, Saudi Arabia on Monday recorded as many as 1,289 new cases taking the total number of infected people to 18,811.
The Kingdom also confirmed 5 new deaths, raising the death toll to 144.
An additional 174 people have recovered within the past 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 2,531, SPA quoted the ministry’s spokesman Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdel Ali as saying.
The spike in cases is due to health ministry field-testing, they are targeting suspected infection cluster areas.
Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdel Ali, Ministry of Health spokesman, was quoted by SPA as saying that around 1 million people have been screened so far in various neighborhoods throughout the Kingdom.
The Ministry spokesman said Jeddah with 294 infections topped the list on Monday. It was followed by 218 cases in Makkah, 202 in Madinah, 178 in Riyadh, 126 in Baish, 107 in Jubail and 50 in Khobar.
There were 37 cases in Hufof, 26 in Dammam and 11 in Al-Zulfi. 7 cases were recorded in Qatif, 5 each in Taif and Baha, 4 each in Buraidah and Tabuk, three in Hail, 2 in Al-Muzahmiya and one case each in Abha, Yanbu, Jazan, Khamis Mushayt, Al-Tuwal, Dumat Al-Jandal, Sajir, Diriyah, Sakaka and Al-Kharj.