At Riyadh conference this month, experts to draw up road map for fighting pandemics

The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide has passed 19 million, according to an AFP tally. (AFP)
Updated 07 August 2020

At Riyadh conference this month, experts to draw up road map for fighting pandemics

RIYADH: Senior health officials and experts from around the world are to attend a Riyadh conference aimed at drawing up a road map for fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and any future pandemics.
Saudi Arabia will host the Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit (RGDHS) on Aug. 11 to 12 to discuss the vital role of digital health in tackling global health crises.
Summit participants will hear from an expert lineup of speakers on a range of topics including digital epidemiology, pandemic prediction models, behavioral medicine, digital public health, artificial intelligence, and wellness technologies.


Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

Updated 9 min 47 sec ago

Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

  • The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus
  • Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders

DUBAI: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have approved a plan to exempt investors in municipal spaces about 25 percent of rental fees, state news agency SPA has reported.
The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus by relieving them off payments amounting to over $151.9 million, the report added.
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders.
“I extend my sincere gratitude for the Custodian of the Holy Mosques for issuing the generous approval to exempt investors with municipalities by 25% of the rent of municipal real estate this year to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which contributes to creating an attractive investment environment with the municipalities,” he tweeted.

Saudi Arabia announced a further drop of daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the number of total infections grew by 403 to 317,005.