KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 — In a tweet by the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that it had detected 1,197 new cases of Covid-19 which brings the cumulative total to 16,299 reported in the kingdom.
136 fatalities have been recorded while 2,215 people have recovered according to its ministry of health. 115 are still in critical condition.
In the meantime, according to the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia’s head of government, King Salman issued a decree for the curfew to be partially lifted in all parts of the country and for selected businesses to operate in conjunction with the month of Ramadan.
However, Mecca and various selected cities remain in 24-hour curfew.
The restrictions on large congregational prayers and public meals to break the fast also remain in place.
This has resulted in Islam’s holiest sites to be devoid of worshippers.
According to Reuters, the Prophet’s Mosque in Medica and the Grand Mosque in Mecca are both closed during the whole fasting month. Only on Thursday evening, the first evening of Ramadan were there a small number of worshippers. Closing the mosques during this month is extremely rare.