King Salman to deliver annual policy speech at Saudi Shoura Coucil on Wednesday

Al-Asheikh reviewed the Shoura Council’s accomplishments during the third year of the seventh session. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2019

King Salman to deliver annual policy speech at Saudi Shoura Coucil on Wednesday

  • Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh reviewed the Shoura Council’s accomplishments during the third year of the seventh session

RIYADH: King Salman on Wednesday will deliver his annual speech to the Shoura Council, which sheds light on the Kingdom’s national and foreign policies, at the opening of the fourth year of the council’s seventh session.
In a press statement, Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh said the Shoura Council receives the support of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, empowering it to take part in the development of the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030, where the council seeks to implement the vision’s programs according to its main two functions: Regulatory and legislative.
Al-Asheikh reviewed the Shoura Council’s accomplishments during the third year of the seventh session. He said: “Thanks to the support of the wise leadership and the council’s cooperation with the Cabinet, ministries and governmental bodies, the council was able to achieve significant accomplishments, where it held 65 sessions and issued 262 decisions that were referred to King Salman, to serve our dear country and guarantee welfare and prosperity for our people.”


Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

Updated 13 min 40 sec ago

Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

  • The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health

JEDDAH: Pregnant women have been told to take special care in following precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saudi Ministry of Health has cautioned, as they are thought to be particularly at risk from complications.

The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health. The ministry has reiterated the importance of practicing hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing to limit the spread of the virus and wearing a mask in public at all times, especially in areas where it's hard to observe social distancing.

The ministry announced a total of 3,036 new cases of in the Kingdom on Wednesday, bringing to 220,144 the number of people in Saudi Arabia have now contracted the disease.

There were 60,035 active cases, 2,263 of them critical.

37 percent of the newly announced cases are female, 63 percent are male. Of those infected, 86 percent were adults of working age, 5 percent were over 65 and 9 percent were children.

3,211 new recovered cases have been announced, taking the total number of recoveries to 158,050, while 42 new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 2,059.

The ministry urges everyone to use the self-assessment service in the “Mawid” application or to visit Tataman clinics that have been set up by the ministry for those who feel they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms; there are 237 such clinics.

It also recommends calling 937, its central operator, for consultations and inquiries around the clock.