Volunteers from Saudi Council of Engineers examine 90% of registered buildings for migrant workers

Buildings and houses in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 1, 2017. (Reuters)
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Updated 22 May 2020

Volunteers from Saudi Council of Engineers examine 90% of registered buildings for migrant workers

  • Examinations included buildings’ readiness to receive workers, and their compliance with new health conditions for workers’ housing
  • More than 2,000 registered buildings in several cities inspected as part of an initiative to prevent the spread of coronavirus

JEDDAH: Three-thousand volunteers from the Saudi Council of Engineers examined around 90 percent of registered buildings for migrant workers, as part of an initiative to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, the voluntary initiative contributed to the availability of additional housing capacity suitable for the accommodation of more than 452,000 workers in various regions of the Kingdom.

Saad bin Mohammed Al-Shahrani, chairman of the board of directors at the Saudi Council of Engineers, said the volunteers examined more than 2,000 registered buildings in several cities.

He added that the coordinating committees in those cities worked with volunteers to ensure the success of this initiative in record time.

The examinations included buildings’ readiness to receive workers, and their compliance with new health conditions for workers’ housing.


Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

Penalties will be doubled upon repetition of the violation. (SPA)
Updated 16 min 47 sec ago

Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

  • People not wearing masks will be fined

JEDDAH: The Kingdom could return to extreme precautionary restrictions if the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds the medical sector’s capacity, Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah warned on Saturday.
“Public awareness and adherence to precautionary measures is essential to continue the ease of restrictions,” Al-Rabiah said. “We continue monitoring the situation based on the number of critical cases in hospitals and their capacity to receive them. We want to be able to receive all cases that reach out to us and provide them with the care that they need. We are all in one boat in this situation, we are one team, and we must work together cautiously. Lack of commitment will definitely take us back to where we were.”
There were 1,618 new cases reported in Saudi Arabia, meaning that 83,384 people have now contracted the disease. There are currently 24,501 active cases.
The Health Ministry announced that 1,870 more patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 58,883. More than 70 percent of coronavirus patients in the Kingdom have recovered from the disease.
There were 22 new COVID-19-related deaths reported on Saturday, raising the total number of fatalities to 480.
The ministry has assigned 30 health practitioners to carry out the third stage of an expanded examination plan to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 in the city of Makkah.

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• 58,883 recoveries

• 24,501 active cases

The examination will take place at a center in the Al-Zaidi district, where citizens and expats will be tested inside their cars through 12 tracks without the need to leave their vehicles. The center has the capacity for over 1,000 tests daily and these will be carried out through appointments made on the ministry’s Sehaty app.
Adjustments to previously announced social distancing measures and regulations were announced by the Saudi Interior Ministry on Saturday. These include new violation penalties, as the second stage of restriction-easing starts on May 31.
Individuals who intentionally violate regulations will pay SR1,000 ($266). Breaches include not wearing a mask, not committing to social distancing marks and areas, refusing to undergo temperature checks at entrances, or not adhering to preventive protocols if their temperature is higher than 38 degrees Celsius.
Private sector establishments that are found to be noncompliant with new preventive measures and protocols will pay a penalty of SR10,000. Penalties will be doubled upon repetition of the violation.