Number of COVID-19 deaths, new cases continues to fall in Saudi Arabia

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Roses are handed out on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha to thank people for adhering to guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19. (File/SPA)
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Roses are handed out on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha to thank people for adhering to guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19. (File/SPA)
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Police cars drive along a road during the annual Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 01 August 2020

Number of COVID-19 deaths, new cases continues to fall in Saudi Arabia

  • There have been no reports of coronavirus infections at the holy sites of Hajj on the fourth day of the pilgrimage
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 237,548

RIYADH: The number of deaths from COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia continued to decrease on Saturday with the health ministry recording 21 more deaths from the disease.
The number of new cases announced also decreased with 1,573 infections recorded in the Kingdom over the past 24 hours.
Of the new cases, 102 were recorded in the capital Riyadh, 89 in the holy city of Makkah, 72 in Dammam and 55 in Madinah.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 237,548 after 1,890 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 2,887 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
There have been no reports of coronavirus infections at the holy sites of Hajj on the fourth day of the pilgrimage.


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.