Lubna Alomair is the first Saudi female Olympic fencer. In celebration of her achievements, an image of her was showcased on the tallest building in Riyadh during Saudi National Day in 2017. In 2014, she co-founded the Dhahran Fencing Club, the first in the country for women to train in the sport. She has a master’s degree with honors in business information technology from DePaul University, Chicago. She worked for Saudi Aramco in the engineering services department for three years, and for more than a year in the office of the minister of energy and mineral resources on a special assignment. She now works for the Quality of Life Program, a Vision 2030 program. Besides all of this, she is also a wife and a new mother.
Saudi Arabia announces 13 more COVID-19 deaths
- The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 512,373
- A total of 8,297 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 13 deaths from COVID-19 and 986 new infections on Thursday.
Of the new cases, 189 were recorded in Makkah, 177 in Riyadh, 162 in the Eastern Province, 101 in Jazan, 98 in Asir, 55 in Madinah, 41 in Hail, 35 in Tabuk, 29 in Najran, 24 in the Northern Borders region, 17 in Al-Baha, and 10 in Al-Jouf.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 512,373 after 1,055 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 8,297 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
The Kingdom’s health ministry emphasised on Thursday the need for students aged 12-18 years to be vaccinated ahead of the new school year.
Students who have not had a first dose of the vaccine before August 8 will not be able to attend their first day back in education.
The ministry added that the period between having both doses of a coronavirus vaccine is three weeks.
Over 28.7 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.
Sea ambulance service launched in KSA’s Farasan Island
- Sea ambulance cost $3.6m and is equipped with the latest safety systems, five beds, a CPR device, and a shock-absorbent stretcher
- Will be able to transfer emergency cases from Farasan Island to Jazan Port within 45 minutes
JAZAN: Jazan Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday inaugurated a sea ambulance service in the Farasan Island governorate.
The governor listened to a detailed briefing from Jazan Health Director Dr. Awaji Al-Naami about the sea ambulance, which was manufactured at a cost of SR13.6 million ($3.6 million) and is equipped with the latest safety systems.
The sea ambulance has up to five beds, including an ICU bed, along with a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) device, a shock-absorbent stretcher that can adapt to waves and rough conditions at sea, a suction device, and medicines needed for emergency care.
Prince Mohammed also reviewed the action plan of the sea ambulance, which can transfer emergency cases from Farasan Island to Jazan Port within 45 minutes.
He got acquainted with the smart systems that enable the medical transfer operations center at the Emergency, Disasters, and Ambulatory Transportation General Department at the Jazan Health Directorate. The smart systems can also monitor the sea ambulance’s movements in the sea until it arrives at the port.
The sea ambulance is part of the Ministry of Health’s endeavors to provide health services to citizens and residents alike.
61 quarantine violators arrested in Saudi Arabia
- Health Ministry reports 1,043 new coronavirus cases, 1,211 recoveries, 14 deaths
- 28,492,380 people in the country had to date received a jab against COVID-19
RIYADH: A total of 61 offenders have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in the past week for failing to adhere to quarantine regulations after their infection of the virus was confirmed.
The media spokesman for the police in Hail region, Captain Tariq Al-Nassar, said that a video circulating of a man with a positive PCR test wandering about in a shopping mall had led to his arrest after the authorities identified him. Legal action has now been taken against him.
Al-Nassar said that the penalties for violators of the precautionary and preventive measures against COVID-19 included a fine of no more than SR500,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, or both.
In Qassim region, the media spokesman for the police, Lt. Col. Badr Al-Suhaibani, said that 60 people were arrested for violating quarantine regulations after it was confirmed that they were infected with the virus.
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday reported 14 more COVID-19-related deaths, taking the overall toll to 8,284.
There were 1,043 new cases, meaning that 529,995 people in the country had now contracted the disease. A total of 10,393 cases remained active, of which 1,396 patients were in critical condition.
Of the newly recorded cases, 214 were in Makkah region, 192 in Riyadh region, 169 in the Eastern Province, and 65 in Madinah region.
In addition, the ministry said that 1,211 patients had recovered from the disease, increasing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 511,318.
The region with the highest recovery rate is Riyadh at 267, followed by Makkah at 217 and Eastern Province at 200.
Saudi Arabia had so far conducted 25,443,550 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, with 106,517 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Testing hubs and treatment centers set up throughout the country have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Among them, Taakad (make sure) centers provide COVID-19 testing for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual. Tetamman (rest assured) clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.
Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app.
Meanwhile, 28,492,380 people in the country had to date received a jab against COVID-19, including 1,496,037 elderly people. About 55.9 percent of the population had received the first dose, while 25.9 percent had completed both doses. At this rate, 70 percent of the population is expected to have completed both doses by September 28, 2021.
Meanwhile, Rafha Health Affairs in the northern region of the Kingdom, represented by the Central Hospital, has activated virtual clinics for patients benefiting from its services in outpatient clinics.
This gives patients the option to remotely attend medical appointments in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. The management of Central Hospital explained that this service allows direct communication between doctors and their patients through interactive video communication.
“We have made remote clinics available to save people’s time and efforts, as it is possible to communicate directly with the doctor, without the need to come to the clinic,” the minister of health said earlier.
High-flying Saudi women are making the most of new career opportunities
JEDDAH: Saudi women continue to embrace the new career opportunities that have opened up to them in the Kingdom in recent years, with a determination to succeed. One of the sectors in which they are increasingly making their mark is aviation.
Flight attendant Anhar Tashkandi joined Saudia airline two years ago.
“We completed the training period, which focused on ensuring the passengers’ comfort and safety,” she said. “This job offers us the opportunity to visit different countries and learn from their cultures.”
Saudi women now work as flight attendants alongside male colleagues, a job that was previously restricted to women from other countries.
Ashwaq Nasser told of her pride at being one of the first Saudi women to work in the profession.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my parents for supporting my choice of becoming a flight attendant,” she said. “I would also like to thank Saudia airline for providing us with the opportunity to join this program.”
Her colleague, Reham Bahmishan said that since childhood she had wondered why there were no Saudi female flight attendants.
“When I later saw that the Saudia airline was accepting applications for this position, I was very excited and applied immediately,” she said. “Thanks to Saudia, I am currently living my childhood dream.”
Counter-extremism center Etidal calls for ‘proper reading of religious text’
- Says some extremist groups were “trying to embrace the texts to interpret them according to what they want”
RIYADH: Religious text must not be a “prisoner” to the interpretations of extremist groups, the secretary-general of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (Etidal) has said.
Dr. Mansour Al-Shammari stressed that some extremist groups were “trying to embrace the texts to interpret them according to what they want” and he looked forward to an integration with specialized institutions to find a proper reading of these religious texts.
Al-Shammari's comments came in a press conference on Wednesday in Riyadh, in the presence of Jehangir Khan, director of the UN Center for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT).
Al-Shammari said that Saudi Arabia spared no effort in supporting international efforts to combat extremist ideology and terrorism, believing that they are the main enemy of the development and stability of any society.
The success of development plans, he added, depended on the ability of countries to protect their capabilities and citizens from the dangers of this ideology.
He praised the UN’s efforts in combating terrorism, stressing Etidal’s keenness to exchange experiences to serve the common goals and strategies of Etidal and the UNCCT.
“Etidal’s and UNCCT’s partnership came after many meetings and fruitful efforts between the two parties,” said Al-Shammari, stressing that the goal was to reach projects on the ground.
He said that Etidal and UNCCT’s efforts had culminated in the signing of a joint memorandum of understanding last April. One objective was to cooperate in building international capacities to prevent violent extremism, and to combat the use of the Internet and social media platforms to spread extremist ideology and terrorist agenda.
“Etidal is working to expose the methods of extremist organizations in targeting young people, educating them about the dangers of this thought, and disproving the suspicions that the organizations exploit in their recruitment processes,” he said.
Al-Shammari added that Etidal was aware of the dangers of this way of thinking and of the organizations that employ all means to spread it, and they had developed specialized plans and strategies to refute such thought.
Additionally, Etidal had launched a number of initiatives to increase societal interaction with the center’s goals including: Moderate, refutation, research cooperation, university training and the Gather2 Initiative, which aims to raise awareness among people with hearing disabilities about the risks of extremism.
Khan praised Saudi Arabia’s cooperation with the international community in confronting extremism and protecting current and future societies and generations from its dangers, valuing the Kingdom’s efforts to cut off funding for terrorists.
He said that Etidal was a pillar of the UN’s strategy to combat terrorism, stressing that the issue of terrorism was “complicated,” and that the international community must be active and prepared to confront terrorists.
“Terrorism has no religion or homeland,” he said, noting the importance of developing anti-terror projects around the world. He warned that terrorists sought to influence young people in various forms such as video games.