COVID-19 claims 40 more lives in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announced 40 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,565 new confirmed cases of the disease on Saturday. (File/SPA)
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Updated 18 July 2020

COVID-19 claims 40 more lives in Saudi Arabia

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 194,218
  • A total of 2,447 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 40 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,565 new confirmed cases of the disease on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 224 were recorded in Makkah, 212 in Riyadh, 189 in Jeddah and 182 in Hufof.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 194,218 after 3,057 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 2,447 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.


Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

Updated 8 min 41 sec ago

Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m.

 

"Thanks to God, no one was hurt," said the report.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was "in an abnormal condition." 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.