Saudi Arabia announces 22 new deaths from COVID-19

Saudi Arabia announced 22 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday and 1,618 new cases of the virus. (SPA)
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Updated 30 May 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 22 new deaths from COVID-19

  • Anyone found not to be abiding by social distancing rules or not wearing a mask or face covering will be fined SR 1,000 ($266)
  • A total of 480 people have died from the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 22 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday and 1,618 new cases of the virus.
Of the new cases, 679 were recorded in Riyadh, 247 in Jeddah, 105 in Makkah, 101 in Hufof and 84 in Dammam.
The health ministry also announced 1,870 new cases of recovery, bringing the total number of people who have recovered from the illness to 58,883.
A total of 480 people have died from the virus in the Kingdom so far.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior announced further measures and instructions for the public to prevent the spread of the virus as the Kingdom eases curfew restrictions.
These include checking the temperature of employees and customers at entrances to malls and shopping centers, and the sanitization of shopping trolleys and baskets after each use.
Fitting rooms and children’s play areas will remain closed, the ministry said.
Anyone found not to be abiding by social distancing rules or not wearing a mask or face covering will be fined SR 1,000 ($266).
Private sector establishments that do not abide by precautionary measures will be fined SR 10,000.
A maximum of 50 people can gather in homes and in fields, or for social gatherings such as parties.
Repeat offenders will receive fines double the original amount.


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

Updated 43 min 48 sec ago

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.