Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths
Saudi Arabia announced five deaths from COVID-19 and 85 new infections on Thursday. (SPA)
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Updated 16 September 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 535,309
  • A total of 8,645 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced five deaths from COVID-19 and 85 new infections on Thursday.

Of the new cases, 20 were recorded in Makkah, 19 in Riyadh, nine in Madinah, nine in the Eastern Province, five in Jazan, four in Najran, three in Asir, three in the Northern Borders region, two in Al-Jouf, two in Hail, two in Tabuk and one in Al-Baha.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 535,309 after 49 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,645 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 40.2 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi Arabia announces 3 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 3 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 17 sec ago

Saudi Arabia announces 3 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 3 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 536,859
  • A total of 8,758 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced three deaths from COVID-19 and 48 new infections on Friday as the Kingdom prepares to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday.

Of the new cases, 19 were recorded in Riyadh, eight in Jeddah, two in Al-Aridhah, and two in Jubail. Several other cities recorded one new case each.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 536,859 after 42 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,758 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 44.3 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.

As of Sunday, social distancing measures will be lifted and masks will no longer be mandatory in public open places. They will still be required in closed venues.

The two holy mosques will operate at full-capacity attendance but only those who are double-jabbed will be able to attend.

Curbs on fully vaccinated people at closed venues, gatherings, transportation, restaurants and cinemas will also be lifted.


Saudi FM: There should be ‘quick suspension’ by Iran of activities that violate nuclear deal

Saudi FM: There should be ‘quick suspension’ by Iran of activities that violate nuclear deal
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Saudi FM: There should be ‘quick suspension’ by Iran of activities that violate nuclear deal

Saudi FM: There should be ‘quick suspension’ by Iran of activities that violate nuclear deal

WASHINGTON D.C.: Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Friday that Iran was accelerating its nuclear activities and putting the region in “a very dangerous place” amid efforts to bring Tehran back into a 2015 nuclear deal.

The prince gave a wide ranging news conference in Washington on regional developments during his visit to the US, where he met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday.

Talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been “cordial” but had not made substantial progress, he said.

He also said the international community “needed to put much more pressure” on the Iranian-backed Houthi militia to accept Saudi Arabia's ceasefire proposal.

On Lebanon, Prince Faisal said events of the past two days showed the country needed “real serious change,” and the responsibility for that lay with its leaders.


The masks are off in public places as Saudi Arabia eases COVID-19 restrictions

The masks are off in public places as Saudi Arabia eases COVID-19 restrictions
Updated 15 October 2021

The masks are off in public places as Saudi Arabia eases COVID-19 restrictions

The masks are off in public places as Saudi Arabia eases COVID-19 restrictions
  • The Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque will also be operating at full capacity for those who have been double jabbed

Saudi Arabia announced on Friday the easing of restrictions previously imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

People will no longer be required to wear masks in open places from Oct. 17, state news agency SPA reported, citing  a source in the Ministry of Interior.

The Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque will also be operating at full capacity for those who have been double jabbed with the vaccine. But workers and visitors will still be required to wear a face mask at all times.

There will no longer be social distancing measures, gatherings will be allowed, while public places, public transport, restaurants, and cinemas, will operate at full capacity.


Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanese people, hopes situation will stabilize: foreign ministry

Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanese people, hopes situation will stabilize: foreign ministry
Updated 15 October 2021

Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanese people, hopes situation will stabilize: foreign ministry

Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanese people, hopes situation will stabilize: foreign ministry
  • The Kingdom looks forward to security and peace prevailing in Lebanon by putting an end to the acquisition and usage of weapons outside the framework of the state

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Friday that the Kingdom is following events in Lebanon closely after gunfights in Beirut left six people dead on Thursday.

The Kingdom hopes the situation will stabilize as soon as possible and that Saudi Arabia stands with the people of Lebanon, a foreign ministry statement said.

The Kingdom looks forward to security and peace prevailing in Lebanon by putting an end to the acquisition and usage of weapons outside the framework of the state and strengthening the Lebanese state in a way that benefits the entirety of the Lebanese population, without any exception, because the Lebanese people deserve a stable homeland, a growing economy and a security that ends terrorism, the statement said.

The protests were organized by Hezbollah and its allies against the judge leading the investigation into last year’s massive port blast.

Many were injured in street battles in the capital between Hezbollah and Amal-affiliated supporters and others whose political identity was unknown.


Saudi FM meets US special envoy for Iran

Saudi FM meets US special envoy for Iran
Updated 15 October 2021

Saudi FM meets US special envoy for Iran

Saudi FM meets US special envoy for Iran

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with US Special Envoy for Iran Affairs Robert Malley on Thursday.
They discussed ways to strengthen Saudi-US cooperation on the Iranian nuclear issue, and relevant international negotiations, the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement.
Iran’s violations of international conventions and treaties related to the nuclear agreement, and the country’s support of terrorist militias, who destabilize the Middle East, was also discussed.
Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar also attended the meeting.
The Saudi foreign minister also met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and discussed issues of mutual interest between Saudi Arabia and the US.