Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 58 new cases

The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 238 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.86 million. (File/Twitter/@hfrmoh)
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 238 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.86 million. (File/Twitter/@hfrmoh)
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Updated 11 October 2021

Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 58 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 58 new cases
  • Health ministry says 52 patients have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours
  • Municipalities in the Eastern Province and Al-Baha record 126 violations against precautionary measures

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed three new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,748.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 58 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 547,649 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 132 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 23, followed by Jeddah with 10, and Buraidah, Makkah, Jazan and Shaqra confirmed two cases each.
The health ministry also announced that 52 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 536,678.
Over 43.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 23.7 million people have been fully vaccinated.


Saudi municipalities have also ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.
The municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 1,304 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities on Sunday, identifying 109 violations. 
Al-Baha Municipality also carried out 3,787 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities and authorities closed 19 commercial outlets and issued fines to 17 others for breaching protocols.
Municipalities urged all commercial facilities to abide by regulations to ensure public safety and prevent the spread of the disease.
Officials have also called on the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 238 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.86 million.


DiplomaticQuarter: Peruvian envoy praises rich heritage of Riyadh library

DiplomaticQuarter: Peruvian envoy praises rich heritage of Riyadh library
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DiplomaticQuarter: Peruvian envoy praises rich heritage of Riyadh library

DiplomaticQuarter: Peruvian envoy praises rich heritage of Riyadh library

RIYADH: Ambassador of Peru José Luis Salinas Montes praised the great scientific and cultural patrimony of Riyadh’s King Fahd National Library in a recent visit.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Peruvian Embassy said: “On Oct. 25, Peru’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia delivered to the secretary-general of the King Fahd National Library a set of works representing our culture and discussed the possibilities of cultural cooperation with that institution.
“Our Saudi friends will now be able to learn a little more about Peru and its literary, artistic and intellectual heritage. Culture is the best way to bring peoples closer together and strengthen bonds of friendship,” it added.
The library’s Secretary-General Dr. Mansour A. Al-Zamil, who recently received the Peruvian ambassador and his accompanying delegation, said that the King Fahd National Library is an important destination for ambassadors to learn about the history and culture of Saudi Arabia.
Throughout the tour, the ambassador learned about the library’s goals and cultural and scientific activities. He also visited the exhibition of national documents and paintings by Saudi artists, as well as the public halls, studies department, reference services, and Kingdom Information Center.
At the end of the visit, gifts were exchanged, with Al-Zamil presenting the ambassador with a commemorative shield and some publications.


Saudi energy minister and Nigerian petroleum minister discuss global oil market

Saudi energy minister and Nigerian petroleum minister discuss global oil market
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Saudi energy minister and Nigerian petroleum minister discuss global oil market

Saudi energy minister and Nigerian petroleum minister discuss global oil market
  • Meanwhile, Nigeria's president left Madinah heading to Jeddah

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman held talks with Nigerian Minister State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva in the capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday.
During the meeting, they discussed the global oil market, and strengthening joint cooperation among the OPEC countries to maintain market stability.
Meanwhile, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari left Madinah on Wednesday heading to Jeddah, after he visited and performed prayers at the Prophet’s Mosque.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Madinah for Jeddah after visiting the Prophet’s Mosque on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (SPA)

 


Saudi Arabia elected chair of commission on regional fisheries

Saudi Arabia elected chair of commission on regional fisheries
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Saudi Arabia elected chair of commission on regional fisheries

Saudi Arabia elected chair of commission on regional fisheries

RIYADH: The Regional Commission for Fisheries of the Food and Agriculture Organization has elected Saudi Arabia as chair of the eleventh session, for three years, by unanimous vote.

The Kingdom is represented in the RECOFI by Dr. Ali Al-Sheikhi, CEO of the National Fisheries Development Program. He also serves as director general of the General Department of Fisheries at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and as president-elect of RECOFI.

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said that the Kingdom’s election came due to its prominent role — regionally and globally — in the fishing industry and its efforts to protect the environment, and preserve the sustainability of natural and marine resources.

It said that RECOFI aims to encourage the development, conservation, management, best use of living marine resources and the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector within its work area. It also reviews economic and social aspects of the fishing industry and recommends measures to develop natural resources.

In recent years, the efforts of the Kingdom in fishery conservation have resulted in an increase in the volume of seafood production, amounting to about 85,000 tons in fisheries and 100,000 tons in aquaculture.


Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties

Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties
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Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties

Saudi, Albanian officials discuss enhancing ties

TIRANA: The Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh met the speaker of the parliament of Albania, Lindita Nikolla, in Tirana on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Nikolla stressed the strength and the depth of the relations that bind her country with the Kingdom.

She praised the great development and openness to the world that the Kingdom enjoys thanks to the efforts of its leadership.

Nikolla hoped for further cooperation between the two countries in various fields, expressing her wish to visit Saudi Arabia soon.

She also commended the cooperation between the Islamic Sheikhdom of Albania and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance in all areas of common concern.

Al-Asheikh stressed the Kingdom’s keenness to build and strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation with Albania in relation to Islamic affairs.

He conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and their sincere wishes to the government and the Albanian people for greater progress and peaceful living.

He said that “the Kingdom, under its leadership, aspires to build bridges of communication and enhance means of cooperation to achieve mutual interest of both countries.

“The Kingdom’s message is clear and simple: To show that Islam is the religion of tolerance, beauty and moderation.”

On Tuesday, Albanian President Ilir Meta met the visiting Saudi minister.

During the meeting, the president praised the Kingdom’s role in supporting Albania in the most difficult situations. He also praised the great Islamic values that the Kingdom calls for and the cooperation with his country to promote them.


Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill

Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill
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Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill

Saudi Arabia takes part in IAEA’s nuclear emergency drill
  • The 36-hour exercise was one of the most complex emergency exercise organized by the IAEA in terms of the diversity of procedures
  • 76 countries and 12 international organizations participated in the ConvEx-3 exercise

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia took part in an international exercise organized by the UN nuclear watchdog agency to practice for a severe nuclear emergency.
The ConvEx-3 drill was held at the UAE’s Barakah nuclear plant on Tuesday and included 76 member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in addition to 12 international organizations, SPA reported.
The 36-hour exercise was one of the most complex emergency exercise organized by the IAEA in terms of the diversity of procedures.
The exercise tested the national system for preparedness and response to a nuclear emergency. It also highlighted the Kingdom’s capabilities to respond to this type of nuclear accident at the international level.
The event was held under the chairmanship of the General Directorate of Civil Defense.
As a result of the drill, recommendations included a number of procedures related to communication with the Saudi embassy in the UAE and foreign embassies inside the Kingdom. 
They also included tightening security measures at Al-Batha port on the Saudi-Emirati border, and intensifying operations to monitor contaminated food and goods entering and leaving through the port.