Saudi mosques ready to receive worshippers: Minister

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Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh. (SPA)
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Mosques in Makkah will remain closed in accordance with orders from the Minister of Islamic Affairs. (SPA)
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Updated 31 May 2020

Saudi mosques ready to receive worshippers: Minister

  • Saudi Arabia records 1,581 new coronavirus cases, 2,460 recoveries, 17 deaths
  • They will also have to perform ablution at home and maintain a 2-meter distance between each other

JEDDAH: The Saudi minister of Islamic affairs announced on Friday the readiness of the Kingdom’s mosques to welcome worshippers after he completed field trips to check on necessary preparations.

“Throughout our inspection trips, we found our mosques to have completed preparations and are in the best condition,” said Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh.
“Whatever remains falls upon citizens. I hope that citizens and residents follow healthy precautionary measures as instructed by professionals. I hope that they’re careful with their own lives and the lives of others.”
Meanwhile, the Kingdom recorded 17 new COVID-19-related deaths on Friday, raising the total to 458. There were 1,581 new cases reported in Saudi Arabia, meaning 81,766 people have now contracted the disease. There are 24,295 active cases.

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The total number of coronavirus cases in the Kingdom reached 81,766.

The Health Ministry announced that 2,460 more patients have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 57,013.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 787,465 tests for COVID-19. The Health Ministry said anyone can set up an appointment on the Sehaty app to get tested. The initiative is part of the ministry’s efforts to combat the virus and promote mass testing. The ministry reminded Saudis and expats to be mindful of the elderly as they have a higher risk of contracting the virus.
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.


Saudi Arabia working on coronavirus vaccine with Chinese company

Updated 09 August 2020

Saudi Arabia working on coronavirus vaccine with Chinese company

  • An “action plan” is being developed to implement a clinical trial for third phase of the vaccine’s development

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Health said it is working on a clinical trial of an vaccine against the new coronavirus in cooperation with a Chinese company.
An “action plan” is being developed to implement a clinical trial for third phase of the vaccine’s development, in cooperation with CanSino, Saudi press Agency reported.
The third phase will include multi-center clinical studies in different countries and involving large numbers after the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine has been confirmed in the first and second phases.
The study that will be implemented in Saudi Arabia will target at least 5,000 healthy volunteers aged over 18.
The ministry said the work is currently underway to prepare and make preparations to start in three main cities, namely Riyadh, Dammam and Makkah.