DiplomaticQuarter: German envoy says international cooperation is key to progress

Updated 11 October 2018

DiplomaticQuarter: German envoy says international cooperation is key to progress

  • 100 years after the end of World War I we are proud to have been able to build a stable democracy based on a vibrant, educated civil society and a solid economy: Charge d’Affaires

RIYADH: German Charge d’Affaires Hans-Christian von Reibnitz highlighted the importance of cooperation between nations if they are to develop and progress, during a special celebration of his country’s National Day at its embassy in Riyadh.

Guests at the colorful event, hosted by the envoy and his wife Ina at the ambassador’s residence in the Diplomatic Quarter, included Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and more than 700 dignitaries, businesspeople, academics and artists, along with representatives of the German community and Saudi civil society. Together, they celebrated another year of vibrant Saudi-German relations.

In his opening speech, the charge d’affaires reminded the audience of the historical importance of Oct. 3, 1990, the day that brought about the peaceful reunification of Germany with the support of the country’s neighbors in Europe and beyond.

“100 years after the end of World War I we are proud to have been able to build a stable democracy based on a vibrant, educated civil society and a solid economy,” he added.

Von Reibnitz then quoted the lesson that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he had drawn from the German reunification, that “true progress can never take place by going it alone. We are and will remain dependent on one another,” and linked this idea to Saudi-German relations.

“Today we are happy that we will be able to go the way to progress together again,” said the diplomat. “Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. Considering our own role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interests of both our nations and people.”

He also underlined the importance of connections between people in building a lasting friendship between the two countries, thanking the Saudi and German guests “for being innovative architects and restless builders of our bilateral relations.”


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

INNUMBERS

280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.