Saudi Arabia says restaurant, salon and barbershop workers must be vaccinated

Workers will be required to be vaccinated in order to protect public health and curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters/File)
Workers will be required to be vaccinated in order to protect public health and curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters/File)
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Updated 25 March 2021

Saudi Arabia says restaurant, salon and barbershop workers must be vaccinated

Saudi Arabia says restaurant, salon and barbershop workers must be vaccinated
  • Workers not vaccinated before May 15 must provide negative PCR test results every 7 days

JEDDAH: Starting in mid-May, coronavirus vaccinations will be mandatory for all barbershop, salon, restaurant, cafe and food outlet workers in Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing said on Wednesday.

Workers will be required to be vaccinated in order to protect public health and curb the spread of the virus. Those who are not vaccinated before the deadline must provide a negative PCR test result every seven days at the expense of the employer.

The Ministry of Sports and Transport General Authority issued similar directives on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Tourism also issued a statement saying that buffet services in restaurants, tents, and halls will be halted during the holy month of Ramadan. 

FASTFACTS

386,300 - Total number of cases

375,471 - Recoveries

6,624 - Deaths

The Ministry of Health has expanded the vaccination rollout and launched more than 500 COVID-19 vaccination centers across all regions of the Kingdom. To receive the free vaccine, the ministry is asking citizens to register on the Sehhaty application and then sign up for an appointment.

More than 3.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far, which is at a rate of 1 out of 10 people in the Kingdom.

On Wednesday, 466 new cases were reported, which means 386,300 people in Saudi Arabia have contracted the virus. There are 4,205 active cases as 627 of them are critical, which is an increase of 10 in the past 24 hours.

Riyadh reported the most cases at 193. The Eastern Province had 102 cases and Makkah followed with 71. Al-Bahah had the lowest number of cases with three.

Six people died from the coronavirus, raising the national death toll to 6,624. There were 306 patients who recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 375,471. The Kingdom’s recovery rate has decreased to 97.2 percent. 


Saudi FM reiterates Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability

Saudi FM reiterates Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi FM reiterates Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability

Saudi FM reiterates Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability
  • FM's comments come after he met with President Kais Saied at the Presidential Palace in Carthage
  • President named new interior minister Thursday in first major appointment since he seized executive powers

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister reiterated the Kingdom’s support for Tunisia’s security and stability during a meeting with the president on Friday.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that the Kingdom stands by “everything that achieves prosperity” in Tunisia.

The foreign minister’s comments come after he met with Tunisian President Kais Saied at the Presidential Palace in Carthage, outside Tunis on Friday.

During the meeting, the two officials reviewed the current situation in Tunisia and the decisions taken by the president to stabilize it, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said.

Prince Faisal reiterated the Kingdom's confidence in the Tunisian leadership to overcome the current circumstances and to achieve prosperity for the Tunisian people.

Saied on Sunday dismissed the prime minister, froze parliament for a month and said he was taking over executive authority amid protests and an economic crisis.

On Thursday, the president named a new interior minister in his first major appointment since he seized executive powers.

Saied appointed Ridha Gharsallaoui, a former national security adviser to the presidency, to the post. The interior ministry oversees domestic security, including policing.


Arab coalition thwarts Houthi drone attack on Saudi commercial ship

Arab coalition thwarts Houthi drone attack on Saudi commercial ship
Updated 30 July 2021

Arab coalition thwarts Houthi drone attack on Saudi commercial ship

Arab coalition thwarts Houthi drone attack on Saudi commercial ship
  • The Iran-backed Houthi militia continues to threaten global shipping lines, the coalition said

RIYADH: The Arab coalition has thwarted a Houthi drone attack on a Saudi commercial ship, Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

The Iran-backed Houthi militia continues to threaten global shipping lines, the coalition said.

It added that its efforts have contributed to securing freedom of navigation and the safety of ships transiting the Bab Al-Mandab Strait.

The “hostile attempt” to attack the Saudi ship comes after two crew members were killed when a petroleum products tanker managed by an Israeli-owned company came under attack on Thursday off Oman's coast. Israel’s Channel 13 TV quoted an unnamed senior Israeli official blaming Iran for the lethal attack in which a drone was used.


Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 505,003
  • A total of 8,226 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 14 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,187 new infections on Friday.
Of the new cases, 256 were recorded in Riyadh, 212 in Makkah, 174 in the Eastern Province, 118 in Jazan, 64 in Madinah, 59 in Asir, 58 in Hail, 52 in Najran, 36 in Al-Baha, 31 in the Northern Borders region, 28 in Tabuk, and seven in Al-Jouf.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 505,003 after 1,176 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 8,226 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
Over 26.3 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says

Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says

Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says
  • In observance of Friday’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Al-Awwad said the Kingdom is making significant and constant efforts
  • Al-Awwad wants to criminalize and combat human trafficking through a set of actions and measures that ensure human dignity

RIYADH: Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, president of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, said Saudi Arabia is keen to protect and promote human rights.

Al-Awwad also wants to criminalize and combat human trafficking through a set of actions and measures that ensure human dignity and protect it from all forms of abuse and exploitation.

In observance of Friday’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Al-Awwad said the Kingdom is making significant and constant efforts to combat human trafficking through the establishment of the Saudi National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking.

The committee enacts regulations and legislation that ensure protecting victims and safeguarding their rights on a local and global level.

Not only did the Kingdom issue regulations and legislation to combat human trafficking, but it was also keen to make the necessary efforts to enforce them, Al-Awwad said.


Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours

DAMMAM: Municipalities throughout Saudi Arabia have ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Eastern Province municipality recently carried out 1,524 inspection tours in one day at shopping malls, commercial centers, and stores.

Checks resulted in nine commercial outlets being shut down, while 77 violators were issued with penalties for ignoring health regulations, which included breaches of overcrowding rules and failure to use the Tawakkalna app.

Officials have urged members of the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call-center number or contacting authorities via the Balady app.