Saudi Arabia confirms 6 COVID-19 deaths, 169 new cases

The coronavirus pandemic has affected around 91.6 million people globally and the death toll has exceeded 1.98 million. (File/SPA)
The coronavirus pandemic has affected around 91.6 million people globally and the death toll has exceeded 1.98 million. (File/SPA)
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Updated 15 January 2021

Saudi Arabia confirms 6 COVID-19 deaths, 169 new cases

The coronavirus pandemic has affected around 91.6 million people globally and the death toll has exceeded 1.98 million. (File/SPA)
  • The Kingdom said 188 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 46

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded six new COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,310.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 169 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 364,440 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 1,929 remain active and 302 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 46, followed by Makkah with 42, the Eastern Province with 33, Madinah recorded 18 and Asir confirmed 11 cases.

The ministry also announced that 188 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 356,201.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected around 91.6 million people globally and the death toll has exceeded 1.98 million.


Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’
Updated 16 January 2021

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’
  • Al-Zahid reiterated the Kingdom’s eagerness to pursue women empowerment
  • She pointed out international markers that have proven Saudi Arabia’s progress on women’s rights

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will “soon” be appointing women as court judges, an official said, in continued social reforms over the past years.
Hind al-Zahid, undersecretary for women’s empowerment at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, said a “Saudi woman assuming a position of judge is very soon. There are initiatives on several levels.”
In an interview with Al-Arabiya, Al-Zahid reiterated the Kingdom’s eagerness to pursue women empowerment, particularly in allowing women to participate in diverse fields.
She pointed out international markers that have proven Saudi Arabia’s progress on women’s rights, particularly noting Saudi women’s participation in the Kingdom’s labor market has exceeded expectations.
Their participation rate today has reached 31 percent, and this is a very big progress. As for the civil service sectors, the Saudi women's participation rate has increased from 39 percent to 41 percent, and most of them are in the education and health sectors in addition to other sectors,” al-Zahid said.