Saudi Arabia reports 6 more deaths as virus toll reaches 16

People in Jeddah observe social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Updated 02 April 2020

Saudi Arabia reports 6 more deaths as virus toll reaches 16

  • The ministry said that a total of 264 patients had recovered from the virus so far
  • The total number of cases in the Kingdom is now 1,720

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health announced six more deaths and 157 new infections on Wednesday as the death toll from the coronavirus reached 16.

The total number of cases in the Kingdom is now 1,720.

Of the new cases reported, 78 were recorded in Madinah, 55 in Makkah and the rest in Riyadh, Qatif, Jeddah, Hufof, Tabuk, Taif and Al-Henakiyah.
The ministry also said that a total of 264 patients had recovered from the virus so far.
The ministry repeated its call for all citizens and residents to adhere to the curfew and not to leave their houses unless there was an essential need to.
A spokesman for public security in the Kingdom said that it had received 37,000 email requests regarding transportation and humanitarian cases over the last two days, with most of the requests violating the coronavirus curfew. He said that 300 of them were approved due to exceptional circumstances.

King Salman received a phone call from Tunisian President Kais Saied on Wednesday, in which they discussed cooperation and coordination between the two countries to stop the spread of the coronavirus.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

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KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies