Saudi Arabia

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Saudi Arabia on 2 March 2020. Just over a month later, as many as 150 members of the Saudi royal family had tested positive, and Saudi Arabia had become the country in the Arabian Gulf hardest hit by the coronavirus. Also facing a sharp decline in oil prices, the government has implemented a range of measures to limit the spread of the virus and soften the economic impact, including imposing curfews and travel restrictions, closing schools, suspending prayer at mosques, and calling on countries to delay their bookings for the 2020 Hajj season. In late April, restrictions began to ease, as the curfew was partially lifted and some businesses were allowed to reopen.

Key statistics

  • Confirmed cases

    42,925

  • Cases per 100,000 people

    125.45

  • Deaths

    264

  • Recovered cases

    15,257

  • Days since first case

    72

  • Days since 100 cases

    60

  • Days since highest daily increase

    2

These statistics were last updated for 15 May 2020 and are drawn from the Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Cases dataset, published by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University, via API by Laeyoung.

Government of Saudi Arabia COVID-19 policies

Last updated 30 April 2020

Movement of people

Citizens abroad

Physical distancing

23 March 2020
16 March 2020

Domestic travel

23 March 2020

Border measures

06 February 2020

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