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.

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

KSRelief aircraft contains medical supplies, ventilators and other relief goods for blast victims. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 August 2020

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

  • KSRelief teams are also active in treating blast victims

RIYADH: A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid arrived in Beirut on Saturday as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the Beirut blasts.

The air bridge was established on the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
KSRelief Adviser Dr. Ali bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi said the third plane is loaded with ventilators, hospital and medical equipment, as well as various medicines and disinfectants. It also contains food, tents, mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies.
So far, 200 tons of aid from the Kingdom have been flown to Lebanon with specialized teams to follow up and supervise the distribution operations.
KSRelief teams are also active in Lebanon in treating victims of the blast.
Earlier, two Saudi aircraft carrying more than 120 tons of medicines, equipment, and emergency supplies were dispatched to Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that the assistance highlights the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.

The Saudi aid will help alleviate the sufferings of Lebanese people.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, Chief of the High Relief, Commission in Lebanon

The twin blasts devastated large areas of the Lebanese capital and destroyed vital infrastructure, including grain storage silos and port facilities.
Lebanon, already reeling from an economic and currency collapse, now faces the threat of food shortages and a major hit to exports and imports.
Countries around the world have rushed to help Lebanon in the wake of the port explosion on Aug. 4.
The secretary-general of the High Relief Commission in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, thanked the Kingdom for the urgent humanitarian aid provided through KSRelief.
In a press statement, he praised the historical relations between the two countries, noting the Saudi aid will help alleviate the suffering of Lebanese people.
Residents in the Kingdom can also help Lebanon by making donations through KSRelief’s website.