Saudi Arabia records sharp drop in daily coronavirus toll

Saudi Arabia recorded 30 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, the lowest daily rate in the Kingdom for a week. (SPA)
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Updated 12 July 2020

Saudi Arabia records sharp drop in daily coronavirus toll

  • 30 deaths on Saturday was the lowest daily rate for a week
  • Number of active cases in KSA now stands at 61,903

 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s daily fatality rate from COVID-19 fell sharply on Saturday, with the Health Ministry announcing 30 deaths — up to half the number recorded in recent weeks.

The Kingdom’s death toll stands at 2,181.

Meanwhile, 2,994 new cases were reported, raising the number of confirmed cases to 229,480. The number of active cases in the Kingdom is 61,903.

Ten percent of the new cases were recorded in Riyadh at 285 cases. Hufof recorded 226 new cases, Jeddah 221, Dammam 211 and Taif 152.

Ten patients were admitted to critical care units, taking the number of patients in intensive care to 2,230.

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  • 229,000 - The total number of coronavirus cases in KSA
  • 165,000 - The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom
  • 2.2 million - The total number of PCR tests in Saudi Arabia

Women made up 37 percent of the cases, while 86 percent were adults, 4 percent were above 65 and 4 percent were children.

A total of 2,370 new recoveries was recorded, taking the overall number to 165,396.

In the past 24 hours, 46,842 polymerase chain reaction tests were carried out, raising the number of tests to more than 2.2 million.

More than 6,000 people were tested at nine Tatamman clinics in the Jazan region. Up to 220,000 people have been tested at more than 230 clinics in cities across the Kingdom.

The Health Ministry says that anyone who believes they may be infected can visit a Tatamman clinic without the need to make an appointment. Takkad (make sure) drive-thru testing centers are also available after booking via the Sehaty app.


Red Sea cruise ships to set sail from Saudi Arabia on Aug.27

Updated 12 August 2020

Red Sea cruise ships to set sail from Saudi Arabia on Aug.27

  • Cruise ships are equipped with large theaters which will put on productions for entertainment
  • They also have gyms, swimming pools and a video games area

RIYADH: Cruise ships will set sail from the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia for the first time on Aug. 27, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday.
The ships are part of the Saudi Tourism Authority’s (STA) efforts to highlight the Red Sea’s tourist treasures.
The cruise ships will have a number of private restaurants on board and some rooms will have a balcony that overlooks the Red Sea whilst others will have a view of it.
Cruise ships are equipped with large theaters which will put on productions for entertainment and small markets where souvenirs can be bought. They also have gyms, swimming pools and a video games area.

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