Saudi Arabia announces 16 more deaths from COVID-19 as restrictions partially eased

The health ministry urged citizens and residents to abide by measures to prevent the spread of the virus as the Kingdom starts to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions from Thursday. (SPA)
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Updated 29 May 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 16 more deaths from COVID-19 as restrictions partially eased

  • The health ministry announced 3,531 new cases of recovery
  • Saudi Arabia will see a partial ease in coronavirus lockdown restrictions from Thursday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has issued a reminder that people must act responsibly even though lockdown measures to counter the COVID-19 pandemic have been eased, stressing that the disease still poses a significant risk to lives.

“The pandemic continues, and the virus is present. None of us wants to lose anyone, so do not (risk hurting) yourself or transmitting the virus to your parents and children because of recklessness and negligence,” said ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly. “We are tasked with protecting precious lives, and we must fulfill our duty to adhere to healthy behaviors.”

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The total number of coronavirus cases in KSA reached 80,185.

Saudi authorities launched a detailed timetable on Monday for a three-stage easing of coronavirus restrictions, designed to introduce a return to normal life in the Kingdom in less than a month. But Al-Aly stressed that all areas of the Kingdom will be constantly monitored and regularly evaluated, and the Health Ministry may consider a return to stricter precautionary measures if necessary.

“As long as a pandemic exists, waves may occur at certain rates — it is expected to return in waves. We hope for low levels at acceptable rates. The risk is that the waves may be too high or difficult to be contained,” he said, adding that people must remember to follow social distancing guidelines, maintain personal hygiene and wear face masks as instructed. The Kingdom recorded 16 new COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, raising the total to 441.

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The total number of active cases in Saudi Arabia reached 25,191.

There were 1,644 new cases were reported in the Kingdom, meaning 80,185 people have now contracted the disease. There are 25,191 active cases.

The Health Ministry also announced that 3,531 more patients had recovered from coronavirus, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 54,553.

Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 770,696 tests for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah confirmed that Umrah is still suspended at the moment, adding that the decision will reviewed regularly as the situation develops.


Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai, CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai
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Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai, CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co.

  • Al-Jadhai gained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Jadhai has been CEO of Al-Elm Information Security Co. since 2012.
The company offers a wide range of ready-made and customized digital solutions in areas ranging from consulting to training and support.
It recently signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of the Saudi Company for Exchanging Digital Information (Tabadul) from the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Al-Jadhai believes the deal is an important milestone for the company as it expands its products and digital custom solutions in the transport and finance sectors.
It also offers an opportunity to develop national logistics services that meet current market requirements and the need of beneficiaries, he said.
Al-Jadhai is a board member of several institutions in the Kingdom, chair of the advisory board of the Central First Health Cluster in Riyadh region, and a board member of the Taibah Valley company.
He joined Al-Elm in 2006 as a manager where he served for more than two years before becoming strategy and planning manager in 2008, a position he held for three years until 2011.
Later, he served as e-services manager for less than a year between 2011 and 2012.

He also worked at the Saudi Telecom Co. as an infrastructure manager between 2002 and 2005.
Al-Jadhai gained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He obtained a master’s degree in the same major at Michigan State University.
He received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from King Saud University in 1989.