Saudi Arabia records lowest daily COVID-19 death rate for two weeks

A Saudi man walks in front of a fever clinic serving individuals showing COVID-19 symptoms in Jeddah. (AP/File Photo)
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Updated 14 July 2020

Saudi Arabia records lowest daily COVID-19 death rate for two weeks

  • Total number of cases in Saudi Arabia has reached 235,111
  • There are currently 2,245 patients in critical care units

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday reported its lowest daily death toll from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in two weeks, with 20 people dying from the virus in the past 24 hours.

The Kingdom’s daily new case figure also continued to drop from highs a fortnight ago, with 2,852 new infections reported on Monday.
The total number of cases in Saudi Arabia has reached 235,111 and the death toll is 2,243.
The number of recoveries in Saudi Arabia rose to 169,842 after another 2,704 people recovered from the virus.
Among the new confirmed cases, Riyadh recorded the highest number, with 258 infections in one day. Jeddah reported 235, and there were 203 in Al-Hofuf.
The Saudi Ministry of Health has so far conducted more than 2.27 million polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in the Kingdom since the first case was recorded.
Saudi Arabia was among the first countries that made this test available after preparing and equipping the national laboratory at the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Weqaya), the only reference laboratory for coronavirus cases.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia reported 2, 852 new infections on Monday.

• The total number of people who recovered from the COVID-19 has reached 169,842.

• The Health Ministry has so far conducted more than 2.27 million polymerase chain reaction tests.

The ministry recently inaugurated a number of specialized laboratories and units across the Kingdom, which contributed to prevention against the virus.
The ministry also established 239 Tetamman clinics across the Kingdom to help those wishing to check on their health. Those who show any of the COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever or respiratory problems, can head to these clinics. Some operate for 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
Al-Ahsa Health Affairs confirmed that 28,000 people benefitted from the region’s nine clinics since they first became operational. These clinics are available for all, even those violating the iqama or residency regulations. Jeddah’s Taakad (make sure) center at the corniche has served 65,179 people.

These clinics are for those people who show no to mild symptoms and think they have come into contact with infected people. They will become available in all of the Kingdom’s regions in the coming few days.
All these tests help assess the prevalence of the virus in the Kingdom, identify the groups most affected by it, detect the cases at an early stage, cut the chain of infection and prevent any possible outbreaks.


Saudi Arabia calls for extending arms embargo on Iran

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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.