Saudi Arabia announces 30 more deaths from COVID-19

Saudi Arabia announced 30 more deaths from the coronavirus and 593 new cases of the disease on Thursday. (SPA)
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Updated 18 September 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 30 more deaths from COVID-19

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 307,207
  • A total of 4,399 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: An additional 30 people in Saudi Arabia have died of COVID-19-related conditions, authorities announced on Thursday. The total number of deaths now stands at 4,399.
Tests have confirmed 593 new cases in the Kingdom, which means that 328,144 people have contracted the disease. Of those, 16,538 cases remain active, and 1,180 patients are in critical condition.
According to the Ministry of Health, Jeddah had the highest number of new cases in the Kingdom, with 55, while there were 50 in Makkah, 40 in Madinah, and 39 in Riyadh.
A further 1,203 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 307,207. Meanwhile, 5,917,184 COVID-19 tests have been carried out, 49,035 of which were conducted in the past 24 hours.
Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly reiterated the importance of following the quarantine procedures that are required for all those who come into contact with an infected person without protection for a sustained period.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.