Saudi Arabia records less than 500 new COVID-19 cases for first time in 5 months

Saudi Arabia announced 483 new cases of the coronavirus, the first time the number has been below the 500 mark since mid-April. (SPA)
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Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia records less than 500 new COVID-19 cases for first time in 5 months

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 310,439
  • The total number of deaths has increased to 4,485

JEDDAH: For the first time in more than five months, Saudi Arabia’s daily confirmed COVID-19 cases drop to below 500.
With the Kingdom’s national celebrations on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health’s spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, reminded residents to be vigilant, adding that “we didn’t take this decision to return carefully lightly. Countries that chose to resume (sectors) did so after conducting studies, research, and proofs all into consideration and strictly followed them,” he said in Sunday’s press conference.
“We witness the fruits of our labor today. All numbers indicate a huge improvement through everyone’s efforts,” he said.
Despite the low number of recorded cases, Al-Aly called for people not to resume activities and meetings without due care.

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The total number of cases in the Kingdom reached 329,754.

“We still see a number of people not abiding by the safety precautions. Though these numbers are limited, we do not want certain places to become an epicenter for the virus such as in some countries. We do not want to derail from our intended course.” He revised the safety precautions and added that people with any symptoms must quarantine themselves and decline any social invitation.
A total of 483 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Kingdom on Sunday, meaning 329,754 people in Saudi Arabia had now contracted the disease. There were 14,830 active cases, 1,138 of them critical.
Critical cases have also dropped by 12 percent, from recording 2,500 cases that have been decreasing to less than 1,200 today.
A total of 1,009 new recovered cases were announced, taking the total number of recoveries to 310,439 while 27 new deaths had been reported, raising the death toll to 4,485.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.