11 Pakistanis, 11 Indians, two Brits among 111 dead

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Updated 14 September 2015

11 Pakistanis, 11 Indians, two Brits among 111 dead

MAKKAH: The death toll following Friday’s crane crash at Makkah’s Grand Mosque has gone up to 111, while those injured are 331, latest figures made available by the Ministry of Health to local media have revealed.
The Pakistani Consulate has confirmed the deaths of 11 of its nationals.
“We have been able to identify 11 bodies at the morgue in Mina,” Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, the Makkah-based director general of Haj in Pakistan, told Arab News on Sunday.
The Indian Haj mission, led by Consul General B.S. Mubarak, released a list of nine deaths. This is in addition to the two women who were reported dead on Saturday. This takes the total number of Indian casualties to 11.
“We were given access to the morgue in Mina on Sunday,” said Mubarak. “The Saudi authorities released 108 photos of those who died in the crash. We took the relatives of the missing pilgrims to the morgue and that is how we could identify nine of our victims.”
Three Indian pilgrims remain missing.
Two British pilgrims were also among the dead. “We have confirmation of two British nationals who died as a result of the crane crash,” Rashid Mogradia, CEO of the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK), told Arab News from London.
“Our immediate thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and with all those who have been affected by this tragic accident,” said Mogradia. “The CBHUK commends the efforts by the Saudi authorities and the British Consulate in Saudi Arabia who have been working hard to support those affected.”
Around 10,000 British pilgrims are currently in Makkah with another 10,000 set to arrive by the end of next week.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih told SPA that a majority of the injured were discharged in the last 24 hours. “Of the 331 injured, only 140 are currently in hospitals. They are being treated for moderate to critical injuries,” he added.
On claims that lightning caused the accident, Mansour Atiyya Al-Mazroui, head of the Met Office, said the photos showing lightning and circulated on social media were doctored.

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.


• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.