11 fresh MERS cases in Kingdom in November

Members of the Health Department in Al-Dawadmi, Riyadh region, offer advice to a child during an awareness campaign and prevention on MERS coronavirus in this August 2016 file photo. (SPA)
Updated 22 November 2016
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11 fresh MERS cases in Kingdom in November

JEDDAH: Eleven new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Kingdom have been confirmed during the month of November, raising the total number of cases to 1,486 since 2012, Ministry of Health records show.
The figure of total MERS-CoV deaths in the Kingdom has remained at 616, while 856 have fully recovered and 14 are still under treatment.
The latest case, reported in the ministry’s MERS bulletin on Sunday, is a 59-year-old Saudi woman from the Najran region, who was listed in critical condition and confined in hospital. No other details were mentioned, except that the patient had no pre-existing illness.
On Friday, three new cases were reported, including a 29-year-old man from Alzulfi, Riyadh region; a 34-year-old man from Arar, Northern Borders region; and a 53-year-old male expatriate based in Buqayq, Eastern Province.
The other new cases were three women (from Hafr Al-Batin in the Eastern Province, Afif in Riyadh region and in Najran region) and five men from Hafr Al-Batin, Eastern Province; Al Aflaj, Riyadh; Afif, Riyadh; Tabuk region; Al-Kharj, Riyadh region and Bahrah, Makkah region). All of the other new cases were Saudis, and a 58-year-old female expat in Najran region.


Peace, security and economy top agenda of Saudi Shoura session

The current Shoura Council is composed of 150 members including 30 women members. (SPA)
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Peace, security and economy top agenda of Saudi Shoura session

  • Al-Khunaizi said that King Salman’s speech will have “added political and economic significance, and it will lay out the agenda for the rest of the Shoura’s term”

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday will deliver his inaugural address at the Shoura Council, where he will talk about a range of local and regional issues and urge lawmakers to support the government in taking the country forward.
The king’s speech, which will serve as a guideline for Shoura members, will begin the deliberations of the new parliamentary year of the 150-member council.
“The king’s visit to the Shoura is of utmost importance, and his speech will define domestic, regional and foreign policies,” said Hoda Al-Helaissi, a member of the Shoura Council here on Wednesday.
“With the visit of King Salman to the Shoura Council to mark the beginning of the third year of the seventh term, we take a moment to reflect on the past year,” Al-Helaissi said.
She said that “the past year has been a year of challenges and opportunities both within the Kingdom and abroad.”
“Remarkably, as is in our nature, and as exemplified by our leadership, we have remained steadfast in our values and beliefs, committed as a country to the well-being of our citizens, not least as explained in what has now become known as Saudi Arabia’s road-map for the future, Vision 2030,” Al-Helaissi said.
“As the home of the Two Holy Mosques and as an important strategic player in the region, Saudi Arabia has an important role in global politics and we look forward to hearing the king’s speech this coming Monday,” Al-Helaissi said.
Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies will be spelled out by King Salman, she said.
“Elaborate preparations have been made to receive the king on this occasion,” said Mohammed Al-Khunaizi, another member of the Shoura Council. Al-Khunaizi said that King Salman’s speech will have “added political and economic significance, and it will lay out the agenda for the rest of the Shoura’s term.”
“The occasion marks the beginning of the new year for the council,” said Al-Khunaizi, while forecasting a number of proposals, decisions, draft legislation, treaties and foreign policy matters to be discussed and debated in 2019.
He said that the king’s speech may touch on subjects such as society, security, peace, stability, extremism, economy, financial reforms, regional challenges and foreign policy matters.
Al-Khunaizi noted that the role of women members of the Shoura Council had lent new dimension to the debate and deliberations of the council. He said that the current Shoura Council is composed of 150 members including 30 women members.