Saudi Arabia confirms 5 COVID-19 deaths, 147 new cases

A Saudi passenger wears a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as he walks past an aquarium at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (File/AP)
A Saudi passenger wears a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as he walks past an aquarium at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (File/AP)
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Updated 13 January 2021

Saudi Arabia confirms 5 COVID-19 deaths, 147 new cases

Saudi Arabia confirms 5 COVID-19 deaths, 147 new cases
  • The Kingdom said 151 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 48

JEDDAH: Saudi Ministry of Health spokesman Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly has laughed off suggestions that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is unsafe, saying that many of those spreading rumors about the treatment “will be first in line to receive it.”
“It’s the same people who used to say mixtures of treatment and herbs and all sorts will cure COVID-19 — they’re the same people doubting the vaccine right now,” Al-Aly told Al-Ekhbariya TV.
“They’re keeping up with the trends, which are targeting the vaccine.”
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are being inoculated, and the treatment’s safety is guaranteed, he added.
According to the news channel, 55,000 people have received the vaccine at the Jeddah center, with 5,000 to 5,500 being vaccinated daily.
Before receiving the vaccine, people undergo a temperature check, and must wear a mask and maintain social distance.
Patients wait 4-5 minutes for their turn and, after the shot has been administered, a further 15 minutes to be monitored for any adverse side effects.
There have been no reported side effects among those who have received the vaccine, according to Al-Ekhbariya.


After a person signs up for an appointment on the Sehaty app, the app updates them with a time for their second vaccine shot.
Saudi Arabia reported five new COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday. The death toll now stands at 6,300.
A total of 147 new cases were reported, meaning 364,096 people have now contracted the disease. There are 1,939 active cases, with 310 in a critical condition.
According to the ministry, 39 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, seven in Makkah and one in Madinah.
In addition, 151 new patients have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 355,857.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 11,437,165 PCR tests, with 50,138 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Since the beginning of the vaccination process, 178,338 people have been inoculated as of Monday.


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.