Saudi Arabia announces 30 more deaths from COVID-19

Saudi Arabia announced 30 more deaths from the coronavirus and 461 new cases of the disease on Saturday. (SPA)
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Updated 27 September 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 30 more deaths from COVID-19

  • Recovery rate from the virus currently at 95%
  • A total of 4,655 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia continued its successful retreat in daily confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as it surpassed the 95 percent recovery rate mark.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 461 new cases on Saturday, raising the number of infections to 332,790 cases so far, with 769 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 316,405.
The recovery rate is calculated by considering the total number of discharged patients against the total number of COVID-19 positive patients recovering.
Of Saturday’s confirmed cases, 62 percent were male. Adults made up 84 percent of cases, children 11 percent and seniors 5 percent.
The Kingdom maintained its 30-40 average daily death count with 30 new deaths on Saturday, raising the total death toll to 4,655 deaths.
Saudi Arabia is recording 133 deaths per million according to worldmeters.info, a reference website that provides global COVID-19 statistics, ranking it 55th worldwide.

FASTFACTS

• The Ministry of Health confirmed 461 new cases on Saturday.

• A total of 769 more people recovered from COVID-19.

• Saudi Arabia is recording 133 deaths per million according to worldmeters.info.

• New features added to Tawakkalna app.

There are currently 11,730 active cases in the Kingdom, 1,035 of which are critical. So far, 38,528 new polymerase chain reaction tests have been conducted in the Kingdom over the past 24-hours, raising the total number of tests to 6.31 million.
New updated features were added to Saudi Arabia’s Tawakkalna app, with five new services that aim to contribute to meeting the needs of users. The new update includes a comprehensive database with basic user information, in addition to data on driving licenses, passports, traffic violations.
The updated version also includes educational services where parents can access information about their children’s educational status, and Madrasati platform information, with users also able to check on dependents and sponsors.
Users can now book a COVID-19 test, cancel test appointments and view their test results and those of their dependents.
They can also be notified of government document expiration dates, and receive alerts and reminders about personal documents in addition to general national alerts.
Tawakkalna, an app developed by the National Information Center and launched last April, has surpassed 7 million users in the past four months since its launch in April.


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.