Saudi Arabia records highest daily number of coronavirus deaths

Saudi Arabia announced 56 more deaths from COVID-19 and 4,128 new cases of the disease on Saturday. (SPA)
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Updated 05 July 2020

Saudi Arabia records highest daily number of coronavirus deaths

  • 2,642 more patients recover from coronavirus disease
  • Number of active cases in Saudi Arabia now stands at 60,815

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia reported 56 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, the highest daily number since the Kingdom began recording coronavirus infections on March 2.

The death toll is now 1,858, and there were 4,128 new cases on Saturday, taking the total number to 205,929.

Of the new cases, 360 were reported in Riyadh, 315 in Dammam, 217 in Hufof and 214 in Qatif.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 143,256 after 2,642 more patients recovered from the virus.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 143,256 after 2,642 more patients recovered from the virus.

Worldwide, the virus has infected nearly 11.3 million people and killed more than 530,000.

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  • 205,929 - The total number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia
  • 143,256 - The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom

There are 60,815 active cases as five patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number of patients in critical care units to 2,295.

The ministry has launched several testing centers and units across the Kingdom in an effort to relieve the need for people to visit hospitals. The drive-through testing centers, launched by insurance company Tawuniya in coordination with the ministry, have allowed people who want to get tested to be able to do so from the comfort of their car.

People can visit one of the 21 mobile testing centers spread across cities — Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Abha and Dammam — by booking an appointment through the Sehaty app or calling 937 and choosing a convenient time slot.

A barcode is displayed on the app once the appointment is confirmed with a message being sent with the site’s location. It is checked upon arrival by the designated organizer at the test site and again at the designated track.

A health care worker standing at least a meter away conducts an oral swab test by inserting the swab into the mouth to reach the back of the throat, a process that takes no longer than 15 seconds. The sample is securely sealed away immediately afterwards.

Test results are sent by text message between one and five days after the test. People are instructed to self-isolate and monitor their condition every day through the ministry’s Tatamman app.

There have been 52,135 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of tests carried out to date to more than 1.8 million. The PCR test looks for evidence that the virus is currently in someone’s body by detecting the presence of its genetic material in a swab sample taken from the nose or throat.


DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

Updated 10 min 26 sec ago

DiplomaticQuarter: US ambassador lauds Saudi Arabia for successful Hajj season

  • The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season

RIYADH: US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid has lauded the Kingdom for its successful and safe organization of the curtailed Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The envoy also praised Saudi hospitality during the Hajj season and expressed his appreciation for the country’s generosity.

“On behalf of the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, I extend our best wishes to all Muslims in Saudi Arabia and around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha,” Abizaid said in a statement.

He thanked the Saudi leadership for the care and services provided to the specially selected group of around 1,000 pilgrims of various nationalities allowed to perform Hajj.

“I would also like to express our deep appreciation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten, and Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh for the government’s actions to protect the health of those participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. 

“I also extend our gratitude to the people of Saudi Arabia for their kind hospitality, friendship, and generosity during Eid and throughout the eight decades of our two countries’ close partnership. May the prayers for peace of all people around the world be heard,” he added.

Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) also commended Saudi Arabia for its efforts in organizing Hajj.

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the steps taken by the Kingdom to ensure the safety of pilgrims and said the preventive measures had set an example for other countries to follow in working toward lifting COVID-19 restrictions.