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.


Program to help private sector boost Saudization

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Program to help private sector boost Saudization

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi has inaugurated the mrn.sa platform to document flexible work contracts between employees and employers.
Al-Rajhi said that the flexible work program would contribute to boosting the Kingdom’s economy — at the level of enterprises and individuals — to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by increasing the number of local cadres integrated into the job market.
He said that the initiative sought to empower male and female citizens, and to help the private sector boost Saudization.
The program aims to create new types of jobs for people seeking employment, and increase their chances of getting flexible jobs to help them integrate into the job market and enhance their skills and expertise to enable them to later become full-time employees.
The program targets male and female citizens looking for work, in addition to workers who wish to increase their income on a regular basis.