Saudi Arabia reports 31 new coronavirus deaths

A Saudi national traveling into Bahrain gets a nose swab at an immigration checkpoint on the King Fahd Causeway that reopened after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were eased, at the Bahrain-Saudi border, Bahrain, Sept. 15, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 17 September 2020

Saudi Arabia reports 31 new coronavirus deaths

  • Kingdom records 621 new COVID-19 cases over past 24 hours

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 31 new deaths from coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total in the Kingdom to 4,369 since the pandemic began.
The health ministry announced 621 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of cases recorded in the Kingdom to 327,551.
Of the new cases, 88 were reported in Makkah, 58 in Jeddah, 41 in Riyadh and Hufof recorded 37 cases.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 306,004 after 982 more patients recovered from the virus.
17,178 cases remain active and 1,238 are in critical condition, the ministry added.
It also issued preventative measures to stay safe while eating out, including temperatures must be measured at entrances, no more than four people at each table, the use of disposable cutlery and payments must be made electronically.
The virus has affected almost 30 million people globally and killed around 940,000 since the outbreak was detected in January.


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.