Number of COVID-19 recoveries in Saudi Arabia reaches 64,306

Mask-clad men wait outside a shop in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on May 31, 2020 as lockdown measures are eased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP)
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Updated 02 June 2020

Number of COVID-19 recoveries in Saudi Arabia reaches 64,306

  • The total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom so far has reached 87,142
  • A total of 525 people have died from COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: With 1,881 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the total number of cases in the Kingdom has reached 87,412 on Monday.
The Saudi Health Ministry said there are currently 22,311 active cases in the Kingdom.
Officials announced that 1,864 patients had recently recovered from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 64,306.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 838,623 tests for COVID-19. On Monday, 22 deaths were reported raising the toll due to COVID-19 to 525.

Sign language service
The Saudi Ministry of Health has launched the first phase of a new sign language interpretation service at its 937 call center.
The Ishara (meaning sign) mobile app is dedicated to deaf and hearing-impaired people and is aimed at improving their access to the center’s services. It is available free of charge via Apple Store and Google Play.

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• Saudi Arabia on Monday recorded 22 new virus-related deaths

• With 1,881 new cases, the total number of infections has reached 87,142 people.

The current phase of the initiative includes 24-hour general inquiry services, booking of appointments at health care facilities, and medical consultations.
The app introduces the interpreter as a third party or mediator between the center’s phone operator and the app user. They are required to interpret the sign language into spoken Arabic language and vice versa.
The scheme is part of the ministry’s drive to ensure its services are accessible to all segments of society. The app has been provided by Elm Co. in partnership with the public, private and nonprofit sectors.


Saudi female lawyers praise Justice Ministry’s efforts to empower women

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Saudi female lawyers praise Justice Ministry’s efforts to empower women

  • Compared to the previous status of women at the Justice Ministry, Al-Daknan said this latest step was a significant achievement

JEDDAH: Several Saudi female lawyers have praised the Justice Ministry’s decision to appoint 100 female notaries as a step forward for women’s legal empowerment.
“We appreciate Justice Minister Walid Al-Samani’s … rapid steps toward empowering women to work in all available jobs, considering them viable components of society, particularly in the justice sector,” lawyer Njnood Qasim told Arab News.
She added: “We hope that it will be the beginning of an important and most anticipated step, which is the appointment of a Saudi woman as a judge.”
Qasim noted that many qualified women have been recruited by the Justice Ministry for the first time in history to work in the fields of law, Shariah, sociology, administration and technology.
Lawyer Rana Al-Daknan, meanwhile, said she thought women could fill any role in society. “An ambassador, an undersecretary, a minister, but I think no woman should be a minister before women become judges,” she told Arab News.
Compared to the previous status of women at the Justice Ministry, Al-Daknan said this latest step was a significant achievement, but added: “Of course we are looking for more, though that does not mean we should not appreciate this step.”

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The newly appointed female notaries will officially start their work next Sunday with a specialized training program lasting three months.

Al-Daknan explained that women first began obtaining notary licenses in 2018, and the services they offer include documentation, transferring property, authorizing powers of attorney submissions and other services.
“The next step for women is working with conciliation committees, which is known in other countries as being a magistrate. Thankfully it is possible now for both men and women to obtain conciliation licenses, where they will assume the role of the judge,” Al-Daknan said. “I personally have applied and (am) in the process to obtain this license.”
Another lawyer, Abrar Shaket, told Arab News that this move was the natural result of the Kingdom’s steps to empower its female citizens under King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.