Total number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia reaches 21

The Ministry of Health assured citizens and residents that all patients who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus are under quarantine and being treated in accordance with approved health procedures. (SPA)
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Updated 11 March 2020

Total number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia reaches 21

  • Egyptian man traveling from New York to Cairo identified while passing through King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah
  • Patient quarantined and taken to hospital after thermal-imaging cameras revealed his temperature was high

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday night revealed a new case of the coronavirus has been discovered in the Kingdom. It brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 21.

The patient is an Egyptian man who was passing through King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah on the way to Cairo from New York. Health-monitoring, thermal-imaging cameras alerted airport staff that the man’s temperature was elevated. He was placed in quarantine at the airport before being transferred to a hospital in Jeddah. The passenger had been in Egypt before flying to the United States in the 14 days prior to his arrival in Jeddah.

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The Ministry of Health assured citizens and residents that all patients who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus are under quarantine and being treated in accordance with approved health procedures.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Lebanon said two flights have been organized in coordination with Middle East Airlines to evacuate Saudi citizens and their families who wish to leave the country over coronavirus fears. 

One of the flights will leave for King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh at 8 a.m. on Saturday and the other will leave for King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Sunday at  8 a.m.

Anyone in the Kingdom who recently traveled to a country where the coronavirus has spread was urged to contact the Health Service Center by dialing its toll-free number, 937, for advice that will help to protect them, their families and the wider community.

Anyone who is concerned about the virus, or wants more information about it and precautions that can be taken, was encouraged to contact the ministry, which said the public should rely only on information from official sources and not rely on rumors.
 


Saudi Arabia suspends prison sentences in debt cases

Updated 08 April 2020

Saudi Arabia suspends prison sentences in debt cases

  • As part of efforts to slow spread of coronavirus, King Salman orders temporary release of debtors already in jail
  • Orders granting visitation rights to separated parents also put on hold for duration of COVID-19 crisis

RIYADH: As part of the efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Saudi Arabia has called a temporary halt to prison sentences for individuals convicted in private cases involving unpaid debts.

King Salman on Tuesday ordered that the implementation of final judgments and orders in such cases be suspended. He also ordered the immediate, temporary release of prisoners already serving time for debt-related convictions, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In addition, the king suspended all orders and judgments granting an estranged parent child-visitation rights.

The orders will remain in force until the authorities announce that the pandemic no longer poses a threat to public health.

Walid Al-Samaani, the justice minister and president of the Supreme Judicial Council, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the decisions. He said that they are part of the efforts being made by the government to ensure the safety of everyone in the Kingdom, and reflect the fact that public health is the main priority at this time.

The orders were implemented immediately. Legal and prison authorities have been notified and told to take all necessary action. All those affected by the suspension of parental visitation rights were notified by text message.