Saudi Arabia reports new cases of coronavirus bringing total to 171

Saudi Arabia closed malls and restaurants as well as shops, coffee shops, parks and gardens. (AFP)
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Updated 17 March 2020

Saudi Arabia reports new cases of coronavirus bringing total to 171

  • The latest cases include a Saudi in the Eastern Province
  • Europeans and North Africans have also been infected

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 38 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday as the total number infected rose to 171.

It follows 15 cases being announced on Monday.

The new cases on Monday included a two women in the Eastern Province: one Saudi and the other Spanish, who are both in quarantine in health facilities in Qatif and Dhahran respectively.

Two male Moroccans are also now in isolation at a health facility in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

In Jeddah 5 cases have been reported with national from Britain, France, Switzerland, Jordan and Afghanistan. All are under quarantine at health facilities in the Red Sea city.

Two citizens from Turkey and Egypt have also tested positive for the virus in Makkah.

Six individuals have so far recovered from the virus with the rest in isolation.

On Sunday, The Kingdom temporarily suspended government work and ordered public-sector workers to stay home for 16 days. Malls and restaurants as well as shops, coffee shops,  parks and gardens were also ordered shut.


Ministry aims to attract investors for special education schools in Saudi Arabia

Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh. (SPA)
Updated 42 min 10 sec ago

Ministry aims to attract investors for special education schools in Saudi Arabia

  • Al-Asheikh underscored the importance of the long-term relations between the ministry and representatives of private and nonprofit sectors and investors

RIYADH: Saudi Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh on Monday said his ministry is working on plans to attract investors to operate special education and boarding schools in the Kingdom.

Setting up the General Department for International and Foreign Schools within the organizational structure of the Private Education Agency aims to support investors in the sector, and develop and organize governance, including working procedures, he added.

The Education Ministry, he said, is the sole authority for issuing licenses and providing consultations regarding foreign education.

Al-Asheikh underscored the importance of the long-term relations between the ministry and representatives of private and nonprofit sectors and investors.

He said the ministry will provide all kinds of support to enhance investment in the education sector, and increase the number of international schools and academies “in a way that enhances our educational outcomes.”

The ministry, he added, will reconsider the criteria and requirements for founding governmental and private educational institutions according to factors such as cities, villages and human density.