Saudi Arabia announces 34 new coronavirus deaths

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Updated 11 August 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 34 new coronavirus deaths

  • Total number of people who have contracted the virus in Saudi Arabia jumps to 291,468
  • The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,233

RIYADH: The Saudi Health Ministry on Tuesday announced 1,521 new coronavirus cases and 34 new fatalities from the disease.

The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 291,468. 

The ministry said that 101 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 88 reported in Makkah and 75 others in Dammam. 

The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,233. 

There have been a further 1,640 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 255,118.


Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources launches mining reserves, complexes and mining licenses service

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Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources launches mining reserves, complexes and mining licenses service

  • The move comes as a preparation for the launch of the new mining investment system

RIYADH: The minister of industry and mineral resources, Bandar bin Ibrahim Alkhorayef, launched a service on Thursday giving people access to the Taadin (mining) electronic platform that will include all electronically submitted applications for licenses, the registry of all licenses issued by the platform and their procedures, and the registry of mining complexes and mining reserves.

This move comes as a preparation for the launch of the new mining investment system, which was recently approved by the government and will come into effect at the beginning of 2021.

The launch of these services comes in respect with Article 4 of the new mining investment system, as it seeks to promote transparency in the sector and provide all relevant parties with access to information about licenses and mining areas.

“The ministry has tirelessly worked, in cooperation with numerous consultancy firms specialized in the field of mining, to develop the new mining investment system, which is now aligned with the best international practices in the relevant field,” said Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, deputy minister of industry and mineral resources.

 “We are currently working on preparing the executive regulations, conditions and necessary electronic models to deal with all kinds of license applications. We are also working to further develop the Taadin platform, which will be receiving and rapidly dealing with applications after all the requirements become available soon.

“When the regulations, conditions and models are completed, it will be possible, through this platform, to clarify and facilitate the requirements for licenses and businesses and receive the investors’ new applications,” he added, noting “this development in terms of mining-related legislations in the Kingdom is an important part of the Kingdom’s mining strategy, which is an integral part of the ambitious 2030 Vision and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, that aim at developing the mining sector, turning it into the third pillar of the Saudi industrial sector.”

The ministry invites all those interested in acquiring further information to visit the following website: https://www.dmmr.gov.sa/mop/pages/home.aspx.