Only 26% users affected by hike in power tariff

Subscribers can determine their pay category by taking simple steps. (SPA)
Updated 23 June 2016
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Only 26% users affected by hike in power tariff

JEDDAH: Only 26 percent of electricity subscribers will pay higher tariffs, with people paying more if their consumption increases over a certain threshold, according to experts quoted by an online publication on Wednesday.
They said subscribers can determine their pay category by taking simple steps. For the first and second category in the residential sector, tariffs would remain unchanged if their consumption remains below 4,000 kw/hour. Currently, subscribers in the first category of 1,000 to 2,000 kwh pay 5 halalas per kw, while those in the second category of 2,001 to 4,000 kwh pay 10 halalas per kw.
They said the tariffs for the third category of 4,001 to 6,000 kwh would rise from 12 halalas to 20 halalas per kW. Those in the top category of consumption, using more than 6,000 kwh would now pay 30 halalas per kw. The increase is the first in 15 years despite the government spending more on production and operating costs. Subscribers who consume 5,000 kwh and used to pay SR420, now pay SR500, an hike of 19 percent, while those consuming 6,000 kWh and paid SR540 would pay now SR700, an increase of 30 percent.
Those who consume 7,000 kWh would pay now SR1,000 compared to the SR690 paid previously, an increase of 45 percent, they said.


Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

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Saudi MERS outbreaks killed 23 over four months: WHO

  • The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia
  • The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease

GENEVA: Outbreaks of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) killed 23 people in Saudi Arabia between Jan. 21 and May 31 this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The deaths were among 75 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during the period, the WHO said, and take the total number of deaths from the disease to 790 since it was first diagnosed in humans in 2012.
The latest figures take the number of confirmed cases to 2,220 since September 2012, including 1,844 from Saudi Arabia.
One outbreak in February hit a private hospital in Hafer Albatin region, where the patient passed the disease to three health workers. There was another cluster of six cases in a hospital in Riyadh in the same month, although no health care workers were infected.
Two other clusters affected households in Jeddah and Najran.
MERS-CoV is a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, although it has been traced in camels, the source of the infection, back to at least 1983.
The disease is hard to spot, partly because it often infects people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, renal failure or chronic lung disease.
But it kills one in three sufferers, and hospital workers are at risk unless extreme caution is taken to identify MERS sufferers early and to protect health care workers from infection via airborne droplets such as from coughs and sneezes.
Susceptible people should avoid contact with suspected cases and with camels, and anyone who has contact with animals should wash their hands before and afterwards, the WHO said. Everyone should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating undercooked meat.
Three MERS cases have been reported this year outside Saudi Arabia. Oman and the United Arab Emirates each reported a case, while in Malaysia a man fell ill after drinking unpasteurised camel milk during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.