More than 90 percent of Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 cases have recovered

Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that 93 percent of all COVID-19 patients in the Kingdom have recovered from the disease. (SPA)
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Updated 14 September 2020

More than 90 percent of Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 cases have recovered

  • 1,034 more people have recovered from the disease
  • A total of 4,268 people have died from the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease saw an 88 percent decrease on Sunday, since reaching their peak on June 16, with the number at nearly 5,000 according to Ministry of Health spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly.
The Kingdom recorded 601 cases on Sunday, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 325,651.
There are currently 18,513 active cases, 1,326 of whom are in critical care units.
“We noted a continued decrease in the number of patients in ICUs; there has been a 7.3 percent decrease in the number of admissions in a week’s time,” he said.
“As the number of confirmed cases continue to decrease, the number of recoveries has shown a significant increase as the Kingdom’s recovery rate is at 93 percent, with continued progress noted,” added Al-Aly.
The Kingdom recorded 1,034 new recoveries on Sunday, raising the total number of those recovered to 302,870. Twenty-eight new fatalities were reported, raising the number of COVID-19 deaths to 4,268 in the Kingdom.

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325,651 Total cases

302,870 Recoveries

4,268 Deaths

So far, 36,222 new polymerase chain reaction tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours, raising the number of tests to 5.72 million conducted in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry’s “Seha” app provided 1,032,348 online medical consultation services during 2020 as reported by the Saudi Press Agency.
The application aims to enable users to access visual medical advice via smartphones. The MoH seeks to invest in modern technologies to enhance communication by providing access to medical consultations from the ministry’s accredited doctors in all specialties.
The app is designed to enable audio-video communication. Users can log in to the app, communicate directly with a specialist, and have their cases diagnosed. The specialist answers users’ inquiries and provides a consultation, and any necessary medical procedures.


Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

King Salman chairs the virtual meeting. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

  • King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom.

Some of those who were arrested allegedly trained at sites in Iran run by the country’s Revolutionary Guards. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized.

Ministers expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the presidency’s employees in tracking down those who threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and the safety of those who live there.

Majid Al-Qasabi, the acting minister of media, said that while reviewing the latest regional and international developments, cabinet members reiterated the Kingdom’s call during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference for the international community to adopt a firm stance on Iran, and take steps to address its violations of international agreements relating to its nuclear-research program. They also reaffirmed Saudi support for efforts, in partnership with the international community, to make the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone.

The virtual meeting was chaired by King Salman, who began by passing on his condolences and sympathy to the people of Kuwait and the family of its Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday. He also congratulated the emir’s successor, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day. He also briefed ministers on his recent telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed opportunities to further develop them.

The cabinet commended the king for his speech during the UN’s 75th General Assembly in New York, during which he emphasized the his country’s continued commitment to assisting the international community in efforts to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address its humanitarian and economic implications.

Ministers also noted that his speech reflected the Kingdom’s dedication to security, stability and prosperity as a strategic choice, its call for peaceful coexistence, moderation and solidarity among all countries and peoples to address humanitarian challenges, its support for political solutions to conflicts, and its efforts to combat extremism in all its forms.

Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place as planned as scheduled on Nov. 21 and 22, albeit virtually as a result of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia hold the presidency of the G20 this year.

Ministers also expressed their appreciation for international efforts, led by G20 countries, that have resulted in the provision of more than $21 billion to support the production of diagnostic and therapeutic tools during the pandemic, and the development and distribution of vaccines. In addition, more than $11 trillion has been allocated to protect the global economy, and more than $14 billion to mitigate the debt burdens of less-developed countries and help fund their health services and social programs. The Cabinet also reviewed the latest local and international developments in the pandemic, along with preparations for the safe resumption of Umrah.

Ministers reiterated the Saudi call, during an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, for urgent action to avoid an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea as a result of the deteriorating condition of the oil tanker Safer, which has been anchored off the coast of Yemen, near Ras Issa port, since 2015.

The Cabinet also expressed its concern over developments in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged both sides to agree a ceasefire and resolve the conflict peacefully in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.