Saudi Arabia records 781 new coronavirus cases

A Saudi security officer motions to an ambulance at a checkpoint in Makkah. (AP)
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Updated 08 September 2020

Saudi Arabia records 781 new coronavirus cases

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has recorded 30 more deaths and 781 new cases of the novel Coronavirus, the heath ministry announced Tuesday. 

The new confirmed infections bring the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 322,237, including 19,854 active cases currently undergoing treatment.

Of these, there are 1,428 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest remains stable.

The 30 new deaths put Saudi Arabia's tally of fatalities at 4,137.As many as 623 new recoveries raised the Kingdom's recovery toll to 298,246.

The ministry also said that 48,690 tests were conducted over the the past 24 hours since Monday's announcement. 


Saudi education minister praises teacher continuing mission to educate while battling cancer

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Saudi education minister praises teacher continuing mission to educate while battling cancer

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education, Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, called to give thanks to school teacher Mohammed Al-Fifi who has continued to teach his students while battling cancer in hospital.

The Saudi minister praised Al-Fifi’s efforts to educate students despite his chemotherapy treatment in hospital and wished him a speedy recovery.

The Saudi minister thanked Al-Fifi during the video call and said he was a role model for those in the field of education.

Al-Sheikh also praised other teachers in the Kingdom for their efforts, calling the foundation of society.

Al-Fifi, 37, is a third-grade Arabic language teacher at Abu Omar Al-Dany Elementary in Riyadh’s Al-Uraija Al-Gharbiyah area.

In May, doctors told him they had found cancer in his lymph nodes, and he was admitted to the hospital soon after to begin chemotherapy.

Four treatments later, he is doing well but faces a long, hard battle.