Saudi heath ministry reports 12 new coronavirus deaths

A Saudi woman shops at a store at the Panorama Mall in the capital Riyadh on May 22, 2020, as Muslims prepare to celebrate the upcoming Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (AFP)
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Updated 27 May 2020

Saudi heath ministry reports 12 new coronavirus deaths

  • The new cases have raised the total number to 76,726
  • The ministry urged people to respect social distancing

JEDDAH: Twelve new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths were recorded in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, raising the overall toll to 411.

The latest fatalities, announced by the Ministry of Health, involved three Saudis and nine expats, aged between 45 and 76, from Makkah, Taif, Madinah, Jeddah, and Dammam. All of them suffered from chronic diseases.

Ministry spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, said another 1,931 COVID-19 cases were reported in the Kingdom, bringing the total number to 76,726, of which 27,865 were active cases and 397 of them were in critical condition.

Al-Aly said that active cases had dropped while there had been 2,782 new recoveries, taking the total number of recovered cases to 48,450.

He added that 16,664 new screening tests had been conducted, taking the total number of tests in the Kingdom to 738,743.


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

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Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

  • World’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector
  • Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.