Saudi’s confirmed coronavirus cases top 50,000

A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

The number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia topped 50,000 on Saturday, the Health Ministry said.

A ministry official reported 2,840 new cases, taking the cumulative total to 51,980. That was up from an average of around 1,500 new cases a day over the past week.

The death toll in the kingdom increased by 10 to 302, the official said on state TV.

Saudi Arabia recorded its first coronavirus infection on March 2, several weeks after the initial outbreak in Asia.

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