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.


Minimum wage for Saudis raised to SR4,000

Ahmed Al-Rajhi. (Photo/Twitter)
Updated 24 November 2020

Minimum wage for Saudis raised to SR4,000

  • A Saudi employee earning SR3,000 or more but less than SR4,000 will only earn the company half a point in the point-based system. Those earning less than SR3,000 will not be counted at all

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi has issued a decision to raise the minimum wage for Saudis registered in the Nitaqat program from SR3,000 ($800) to SR4,000.
A Saudi worker with a minimum salary of SR4,000 will be considered as one worker in the Saudization percentage of the Nitaqat program, which was introduced to promote localization of the workforce.
The program also aims to enhance jobs for Saudi nationals through aligning the quality of nationalization with a range of incentives given by the Human Resources Development Fund.
A Saudi employee earning SR3,000 or more but less than SR4,000 will only earn the company half a point in the point-based system. Those earning less than SR3,000 will not be counted at all.
Part-time Saudi employees will gain a company half point in the Nitaqat system. Flexible work system employees are calculated in the percentage of the Nitaqat program as one-third of a Saudi worker for the entity they work for, provided that they complete a total of 168 working hours and pay social insurance contributions.
The decision also applies to Saudi students residing in the Kingdom who regularly work part-time as flexible work system employees, or permanent part-time workers.