Saudi Arabia confirms 2,764 more COVID-19 cases, 45 deaths

Saudi Arabia announced 45 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,764 new confirmed cases of the disease on Thursday. (File/SPA)
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Updated 17 July 2020

Saudi Arabia confirms 2,764 more COVID-19 cases, 45 deaths

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 187,622
  • A total of 2,370 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Health announced 45 new COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, raising the death toll in the Kingdom to 2,370.
The ministry recorded 2,764 new cases, with Jeddah reporting 260, Al-Hofuf  reporting 213 and Riyadh reporting 208.
The total number of cases in Saudi Arabia has reached 243,238, but only 53,246 are active cases. 2,206 are in critical condition.
Another 4,574 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 187,622.
The total number of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted since the beginning of the pandemic has reached 2,494,873, with 58,190 new tests completed over the last 24 hours.
The Ministry of Health’s Taakad (make sure) and Tatamman (rest assured) services have served 1,024,489 people since their launch in June.
Tatamman clinics are located across the Kingdom and offer medical care for those who have COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments are not necessary. Some operate for 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Tatamman clinics only receive suspected cases with symptoms similar to COVID-19, even when experienced on more than one occasion. The staff will receive patients again and provide them the needed health care for their case,” MoH spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said.
He said the curve for new confirmed cases, deaths and patients under intensive care are all in stable condition.
“Stability or decline in the curve always augurs well,” said Al-Abd Al-Aly. “However, we are in constant anticipation and will not lessen our commitment in providing different health services as the pandemic is still gathering pace in most of the world,” he added.
The Ministry of Health confirmed that preventive measures taken by the Kingdom — in addition to unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — have contributed to increasing the clinical capacity of intensive care units by more than 2,800 beds in some regions.
The ministry said that this reflects the keenness of the Saudi leadership to ensure the health and safety of Saudis and expats.


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.