Saudi Health Ministry announces 206 new cases of coronavirus

Cars drive on a street in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on April 3, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 05 April 2020

Saudi Health Ministry announces 206 new cases of coronavirus

  • The tally of COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom has reached 2,385
  • 53% of those infected with the virus are non-Saudis

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has announced 206 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths during a press conference on Sunday.  
The tally of COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom has reached 2,385, with 34 deaths, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. Some 488 cases have recovered.
The ministry highlighted that the ratio of COVID-19 infection in Saudi Arabia is considered low globally. 
It said 53 percent of those infected with the virus are non-Saudis. 
Most cases have caught the virus through moving between places or getting involved in gatherings, the ministry warned.
It described that the percentage of traffic violations committed against restrictions of movement as “worrying.”


Qiddiya awards SR10bn in contracts to help construct Riyadh mega project

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Qiddiya awards SR10bn in contracts to help construct Riyadh mega project

  • The funding will be backed by the Kingdom's Public Investment Fund

RIYADH: At least SR10 billion ($2.66 billion) worth of contracts will awarded to various companies to speed up the construction of a mega entertainment and sports project in the Saudi capital Riyadh, the Qiddiya Investment Company announced on Thursday.

The funding will be backed by the Kingdom's Public Investment Fund.

The Qiddiya project includes a number of art, entertainment and sporting facilities, and is being built on a 334 square-kilometre site close to Riyadh.

Its construction forms part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program that aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy.

“We’ve awarded well over 1 billion riyal in contracts so far and that figure is going to jump, maybe ten times to 10 billion riyals, which will all be construction related contracts,” Michael Reininger, chief executive told The National.