Global leaders discuss ways to bridge the digital gap and confront the coronavirus

Experts discuss ways to bridge the existing digital gap during a virtual meeting of the UN Commission on Broadband and Sustainable Development. (SPA)
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Updated 20 September 2020

Global leaders discuss ways to bridge the digital gap and confront the coronavirus

  • Saudi Arabia is an active member of the UN committee, which was launched 10 years ago

Saudi Arabia represented by Dr. Mohammed bin Saud Al-Tamimi, governor of the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission, took part in a virtual meeting of the UN Commission on Broadband and Sustainable Development. Global leaders in the field of communications and IT attended the meeting.
The UN body works to launch initiatives related to the use of broadband as a tool for socioeconomic development around the world.
Al-Tamimi highlighted the reach and role of the internet in the Kingdom and the strides the Kingdom has made in the field of technology. He also outlined the steps Saudi Arabia has taken as chair of the G20 presidency this year to promote the use of digital technology around the world and to bridge the digital gap and confront the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic using modern technology.
The participants discussed the use of technology in the health and education sectors and ways to encourage young entrepreneurs to use the internet for online businesses.
Saudi Arabia is an active member of the UN committee, which was launched 10 years ago. One of the commission’s goals is to advocate that broadband infrastructure be given the highest priority level in future development policy and city planning frameworks.
Since 2012, it has published an annual State of Broadband report, positioned as a snapshot of the global broadband industry.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 2 min 35 sec ago

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.