Saudi Health Ministry announces new drive-through vaccine centers

Saudi Health Ministry announces new drive-through vaccine centers
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Saudi Arabia announced six deaths from COVID-19 and 322 new infections on Sunday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia announced six deaths from COVID-19 and 322 new infections on Sunday. (SPA)
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Updated 01 March 2021

Saudi Health Ministry announces new drive-through vaccine centers

Saudi Health Ministry announces new drive-through vaccine centers
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 368,305
  • A total of 6,494 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health announced the launch of new drive-through vaccine centers at a briefing on Sunday, as well as stating that fluctuating coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continue to concern authorities in the Kingdom.
People will be able to travel to the centers in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah and Abha, and can book an appointment to take the vaccine at one through the ministry’s Sehhaty app.
Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly added that virus numbers have been fluctuating — some more than others in different regions — since the start of the year.
“We have been monitoring the numbers constantly and carefully. These numbers can go down of course if we all adhere to the health precautions,” he said.
He added: “Any type of carelessness from our society could lead us to stricter measures we do not want to take.”
An important Twitter question was raised at the conference, with one observer asking: “I have taken the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but my appointment for the second dose is after two months and a half. Is it possible to reschedule my appointment earlier? Or take the second dose from Pfizer?”
Al-Aly said studies about the use of different vaccines for one beneficiary are still ongoing but stressed: “Scientifically it is better to receive the vaccine from a specific company and get the second dose from the same company,” he said.

FASTFACTS

377,383 Total cases

368,305 Recoveries

6,494 Deaths

“The time period is set by scientists. We must trust and attend appointments on set dates.”
A total of 780,667 beneficiaries across the Kingdom have received jabs so far. A total of 322 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Kingdom on Sunday, meaning 377,383 people in Saudi Arabia have contracted the disease.
There are 2,584 active cases, 481 of them critical.
Al-Aly announced 294 new recovered cases taking the total number of recoveries to 368,305 while six new deaths had been reported, raising the death toll to 6,494.
Saudi Arabia’s recovery rate is holding steady at 97.5 percent.
Saudi health clinics set up by the ministry as testing hubs or treatment centers have helped hundreds of thousands of people around the Kingdom since the outbreak of the pandemic.


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JEDDAH: Authorities in Jeddah have shut down 83 commercial outlets for breaching coronavirus disease (COVID-19) protocols.
Municipalities in the Kingdom have stepped up their efforts to ensure compliance with COVID-19 safety measures designed to protect public health.
The municipality of Jeddah governorate carried out 4,166 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities and identified 116 violations for issues related to overcrowding and the failure to effectively use the Tawakkalna app. Authority officials in the Red Sea port city urged people to report any suspected breaches of COVID-19 regulations to the 940 call-center number.


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KAICIID-organized forum of experts look to counter hate speech in Europe

KAICIID-organized forum of experts look to counter hate speech in Europe

RIYADH: The King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) organized an expert forum on combating hate speech in collaboration with religious institutions and other organizations.
The meeting was held in cooperation with the European Council of Religious Leaders, the Religions for Peace in Europe, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
The consultation aimed to explore pathways and efforts to combat hate speech in Europe by strengthening ties between religious and political entities and civil society.


Saudi aid agency KSrelief delivers 423 tons of dates to WFP in Jordan

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Saudi aid agency KSrelief delivers 423 tons of dates to WFP in Jordan

Saudi aid agency KSrelief delivers 423 tons of dates to WFP in Jordan

AMMAN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) delivered 423 tons of dates to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Jordan. 
Saudi Ambassador to Jordan Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi signed the shipment’s memorandum of delivery that was received by Alberto Correia Mendes, the WFP’s regional director.
Al-Sudairi said that the KSrelief donation to the WFP is part of the Kingdom’s commitment to its international obligations to support the needy wherever they are, noting that this project comes in continuation to the support provided by the Kingdom to its brothers in Jordan.


Saudi Housing Ministry’s Sakani program launches four new services

Saudi Housing Ministry’s Sakani program launches four new services
Updated 41 min ago

Saudi Housing Ministry’s Sakani program launches four new services

Saudi Housing Ministry’s Sakani program launches four new services

RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing’s Sakani program launched new e-services as part of its efforts to facilitate an increase in Saudi home ownership to 70 percent by 2030, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.
The app, which allows users to access four new services, can be downloaded at: qrco.de/bc5N3L.
The services include electronic financing, ready-made units, approved contractor, and interactive maps.
The services had been added to ensure Sakani becomes “the go-to destination for housing services and solutions, in order to make it easier for Saudi families to own their first home.”


Saudi minister’s vaccine plea as daily virus cases rise above 1,000

Saudi minister’s vaccine plea as daily virus cases rise above 1,000
Updated 57 min 17 sec ago

Saudi minister’s vaccine plea as daily virus cases rise above 1,000

Saudi minister’s vaccine plea as daily virus cases rise above 1,000
  • We will be in a seriously critical state if numbers rise above 1,500, expert warns

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah has urged people living in the Kingdom to be vaccinated against coronavirus as COVID-19 infections continue to rise, climbing above 1,000 new cases a day.
“More than 950 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered around the world, and the vaccine has demonstrated a high level of safety and efficacy,” Al-Rabiah said on Twitter.
“Advice from the heart, take the step and get the vaccine for your health and safety,” he added.
Al-Rabiah said that over 3 million people have died from COVID-19, and more than 100 million people suffer from the effects of the disease.
King Saud University professor of anesthesiology and intensive care Nasser Tawfiq blamed the recent spike in cases on violations of health protocols in the weeks before Ramadan as people were preparing for the holy month.
In an interview with Al-Ekhbariya channel, Tawfiq said that cases are now increasing weekly compared with last year when numbers rose day after day.
Breaking any numbers barrier will take longer, “and the best way to make a difference is with vaccines,” he said.
“We will be in a seriously critical state if numbers rise above 1,500,” warned Tawfiq.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry urged people to follow precautionary and preventive measures, including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.
Forty-four percent of infections occur and become contagious before any symptoms appear, the ministry explained on Twitter. 
Saudi Arabia reported 11 more COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday. The death toll now stands at 6,869.
The Health Ministry reported 1,055 new cases, meaning that 409,093 people have now contracted the disease. There are 9,776 active cases, with 1,182 of these in critical condition.
According to the ministry, 468 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, 220 in Makkah, 157 in the Eastern Province and 45 in Madinah.
In addition, 824 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 392,448.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 16,414,039 PCR tests, with 61,923 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Saudis and expats in the Kingdom continue to receive their jabs of the coronavirus vaccine, with 7,713,668 people having been inoculated so far.