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RIYADH — New COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia dropped below the 1,000-mark on Sunday for the first time after staying above the mark for six days in a row, with 984 new infections recorded over the past 24 hours, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

The ministry also announced 16 more deaths over the past 24 hours due to complications caused by the virus.

This brings the total number of confirmed infections in the Kingdom to 457, 546 and the virus-related fatalities to 7,456.

The ministry also reported 1,185 recoveries over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of people free from the deadly virus to 440,644.

The Makkah region reported the highest number of new cases with 349, followed by the Riyadh region with 210, the Eastern region with 140, Madinah region with 73 and the Asir region with 61 infections.

The remaining cases were detected in other regions of the Kingdom with just three of them reporting less than 10 infections.

According to the ministry, there were 9,446 active cases and 1,545 of them were in critical condition.

The ministry also stated that a total of 14,835,236 number of vaccine doses have been administered.

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