Saudi Arabia reported 1,537 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, which brings the total number of infections in the Kingdom to 277,478, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday.

The capital Riyadh recorded 102 cases, while Mecca recorded 89. No cases were detected among the Hajj pilgrims, the health ministry had said on Friday.

The rest of the new infections were confirmed in cities and provinces across the Kingdom.

Twenty-one people died due to complications caused by COVID-19, which raises the virus-related death toll to 2,887.

Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries rose to 237,548 after 1,890 people recovered.

Earlier Wednesday, Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia embarked on the first day of rituals after self-isolating in a designated hotel amid strict coronavirus preventative measures, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

A health leader was assigned to each group of 50 pilgrims to ensure safety measures, including wearing a mask and social distancing, are implemented at all times, according to SPA.