Saudi Arabia’s daily virus cases dip below 400 daily count

Saudi Arabia recorded 21 more deaths from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 359 new cases of the disease on Saturday. (File/SPA)
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Updated 18 October 2020

Saudi Arabia’s daily virus cases dip below 400 daily count

  • Health Ministry reports 370 new recoveries, 21 deaths
  • A total of 5,165 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia recorded 359 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday, raising the total number of those infected to 341,854 cases in the Kingdom.
There are currently 8,524 active cases, a number that is constantly decreasing, 829 of which are in critical care.
Madinah recorded the highest case count at 55 cases, while Riyadh had 25 and Makkah 23.
The Kingdom saw a significant decrease in its daily death rate, with 21 deaths on Saturday, increasing the total mortality figure to 5,165. In turn, 370 new recoveries were recorded in Saudi Arabia, raising the total number of recoveries to 328,165. The Kingdom’s recovery rate is at 95.9 percent. Riyadh has seen 55,014 recoveries in total, followed by Jeddah with 32,471 and Makkah with 32,293.

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341,854 Total cases

328,165 Recoveries

Saudi Arabia’s continued effort to monitor, record and detect COVID-19 infections early through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, has seen 47,926 new PCR tests conducted in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of PCR tests conducted in the Kingdom to 7.3 million.
The Ministry of Health reiterated its call for the public to continue taking safety precautions against infection seriously, and reminded people to take further precautions for the upcoming influenza season, including taking the flu vaccine available in October.


Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

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Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

  • One civilian injured by shrapnel after Saudi-led coalition intercepts four flying bombs launched from Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi militias and their Iranian backers were condemned on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.

Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday. Shrapnel that fell in Sarat Abidah governorate injured a civilian, and damaged five homes and three vehicles, said civil defense spokesman Capt. Mohammed Abdu Al-Sayed.

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Iranians want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, political analyst and international relations scholar

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

“They have also targeted airports and some Aramco oil facilities. If the Aramco attack had not been contained, the damage would have affected the whole Eastern region. They have also attempted to target Makkah, where pilgrims and worshippers were performing their rituals.

“They don’t care. If you look back at what the Revolutionary Guards did at the Grand Mosque, you will realize it is not strange that the Houthis are trying to destroy everything in Saudi Arabia. The strange thing is the silence of the world toward what is happening.”