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 calls for extending arms embargo on Iran

Updated 2 min 31 sec ago

Saudi Arabia calls for extending arms embargo on Iran

  • Saudi Arabia called for international measures to halt Iran’s activities that cause instability in the Middle East
  • Iran finances armed militias in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon without regard to international charters

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador called for an extension of the arms embargo on Iran in a session on Thursday, Saudi press agency reported.

“Iran smuggles weapons to militias which destabilize regional peace,” Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel said during a conference held in Geneva.

Al-Wasel called for an extension of arms embargo on Iran, which is due to expire on October 18, and said allowing the Islamic Republic to buy weapons will increase their hostile activities in the region.

The ambassador stressed the Kingdom’s support for international measures to halt Iran’s activities that cause instability in the Middle East.

Lifting the international ban on Iran, he noted, will lead to more “destruction and devastation” and create conflicts in the region.

“The international community will, in the coming hours, have a crucial and important date that will determine a new future for the people of the region,” he said. “There are two paths: either to maintain or protect international peace and security, or to give the Iranian regime an opportunity to commit more crimes and violations against the people of the region.”

The ambassador stated that arms smuggling to militant groups was still an issue in the region, where missiles and other weapons are used to target civilians and civilian infrastructure. These attacks also harm the global economy by threatening waterways and targeting oil installations in the region, which is the backbone of the international economy, he added.

Al-Wasel referenced the outcome of a UN Security Council report that was presented on June 30, confirming direct involvement of the Iranian regime attacks that targeted oil installations in Abqaiq and Khurais, eastern Saudi Arabia, in 2019 as well as the targeting of Abha International Airport with cruise missiles and unmanned drones.

He said the report left no room for doubt about Iran’s hostile intentions towards Saudi Arabia, the Arab region and the world.

The current Iranian regime, Al-Wasel added, continues to finance armed militias in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon without regard to international charters and treaties.