Saudi Arabia records sharp drop in daily coronavirus toll

Saudi Arabia recorded 30 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, the lowest daily rate in the Kingdom for a week. (SPA)
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Updated 12 July 2020

Saudi Arabia records sharp drop in daily coronavirus toll

  • 30 deaths on Saturday was the lowest daily rate for a week
  • Number of active cases in KSA now stands at 61,903

 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s daily fatality rate from COVID-19 fell sharply on Saturday, with the Health Ministry announcing 30 deaths — up to half the number recorded in recent weeks.

The Kingdom’s death toll stands at 2,181.

Meanwhile, 2,994 new cases were reported, raising the number of confirmed cases to 229,480. The number of active cases in the Kingdom is 61,903.

Ten percent of the new cases were recorded in Riyadh at 285 cases. Hufof recorded 226 new cases, Jeddah 221, Dammam 211 and Taif 152.

Ten patients were admitted to critical care units, taking the number of patients in intensive care to 2,230.

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  • 229,000 - The total number of coronavirus cases in KSA
  • 165,000 - The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom
  • 2.2 million - The total number of PCR tests in Saudi Arabia

Women made up 37 percent of the cases, while 86 percent were adults, 4 percent were above 65 and 4 percent were children.

A total of 2,370 new recoveries was recorded, taking the overall number to 165,396.

In the past 24 hours, 46,842 polymerase chain reaction tests were carried out, raising the number of tests to more than 2.2 million.

More than 6,000 people were tested at nine Tatamman clinics in the Jazan region. Up to 220,000 people have been tested at more than 230 clinics in cities across the Kingdom.

The Health Ministry says that anyone who believes they may be infected can visit a Tatamman clinic without the need to make an appointment. Takkad (make sure) drive-thru testing centers are also available after booking via the Sehaty app.


Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

Updated 13 August 2020

Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

  • At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups

JEDDAH: More than 2,600 people took part in a 10-day walking and running marathon in the Kingdom, reaching a combined distance of more than 448,000 km.
At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups.
The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) launched the “Step Together” initiative as part of a series of competitive walk-runs. The SFA event, the first since lockdown restrictions were eased, took place from July 17-26. About 30 para-athletes joined the competition, making it a hallmark achievement for SFA inclusivity.
Tahani Ibrahem, a 29-year-old Saudi participant, said her Eastern Flames football club training encouraged her to join the marathon.
“I joined one other marathon in 2019 and won fourth place. I’ve loved running since I was a teenager,” she told Arab News.
Ibrahem said that she was happy that para-athletes included in the marathon and praised the SFA for giving people and communities a chance to unite for one goal.
“They are just like us. Disability is something of the mind, not the body,” she said.
Ibrahem completed 42 km in the 10-day marathon, spending five hours a day walking and running.
“We were thrilled to see such high registration numbers for our first ‘Step Together’ event,” said Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, the SFA president.
“The diversity of participants for the first in the walk-run series was important to us. We recruited all ages and abilities for this event and are delighted that they made it their own. It truly was ‘Sports for All’ as we had many children and seniors take part, and we were proud to have a number of disabled competitors,” he said.
Those who met the distance goals were awarded with medals and e-certificates of the achievement. In the 21.1 km event, the fastest time was recorded by Mohammed Ayyash (1hr 11min 5sec), followed by Waleed Homidan (1hr 11min 59sec) and in third place, Osama Ayyash (1hr 23min 5sec).
Ronel Wienand, competing with the Riyadh Road Runners, was the fastest woman, completed the half marathon in 1hr 58min 7sec.