Saudi Arabia records 37 new coronavirus deaths, 607 cases

People walk near a banner with an instruction on personnel hygiene, following the outbreak of coronavirus, at a street in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The banner reads: “Wash hands with soap and water.” (File/Reuters)
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Updated 15 September 2020

Saudi Arabia records 37 new coronavirus deaths, 607 cases

  • The ministry said 1,060 cases have recovered from COVID-19

JEDDAH: The number of deaths in Saudi Arabia resulting from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has risen again, after a week of lower figures.
An additional 37 fatalities were reported on Monday, which is in the mid-range for death figures. Last week, the number of deaths each day was in the mid-20s. The total number of deaths in the Kingdom now stands at 4,305.
A further 607 confirmed cases were identified, raising the total in the country to 326,258. Makkah had the highest number of new cases at 73, with 65 reported in Jeddah, 46 in Hofuf, 42 in Riyadh, and 38 in Madinah.
There are 18,023 active cases and 1,293 patients are being treated in critical care units. A further 1,060 recoveries were recorded on Sunday, raising the total number to 303,930, and the recovery rate in the Kingdom now stands at 93.1 percent. The location with the highest number of recoveries was Makkah, with 313, followed by Madinah with 64, and Riyadh with 61. An additional 44,025 polymerase chain reaction tests were carried out, raising the total number of coronavirus tests conducted in Saudi Arabia to more than 5.76 million.

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An additional 37 fatalities were reported on Monday, which is in the mid-range for death figures.

In a message posted on Twitter, the Saudi Health Ministry advised people to seek medical attention at specialist Tatamman clinics as soon as they notice any possible symptoms of COVID-19.
The ministry also urged older people, who are particularly vulnerable to the more severe effects of the virus, to take precautionary measures to ensure they remain as safe as possible if they have to leave their homes for unavoidable reasons.

These include traveling with a companion and packing an additional cloth face mask, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and any medicine they need to take regularly, and not to share any items with other people.


Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel. (SPA)
Updated 27 September 2020

Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

  • In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports on Saturday announced requirements for the issue of travel permits for groups exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions. Travel permits will be issued through the Absher e-services platform.
The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.
This group can obtain travel permits if the official mission cannot be performed remotely and has a deadline that cannot be postponed, provided participation is kept to a minimum.
Documents required for the first group include an official letter from the entity’s senior official, in addition to the names of those who wish to travel and their mission, its location, duration and evidence that the previous conditions are met.
The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.

• The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

• The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents.

Citizens who wish to be reunited with their families abroad must provide proof of relationship (spouse, parent, etc.) for the family member residing abroad, proof of residency in the country to which the other party wishes to travel, and proof of the children’s study location abroad if there are children of school age. The last should be certified by the Ministry of Education or one of the Kingdom’s representations in the destination country.
In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship.
The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents. These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel (a document or an instrument that they own a property or have a valid lease contract prior to the issuance of these measures).
They must also submit a valid residence card (permanent or semi-permanent) in the country to which the travel is requested and proof that the applicant had spent at least six months in the destination country during the past three years.