Saudi Arabia confirms 2,764 more COVID-19 cases, 45 deaths

Saudi Arabia announced 45 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,764 new confirmed cases of the disease on Thursday. (File/SPA)
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Updated 17 July 2020

Saudi Arabia confirms 2,764 more COVID-19 cases, 45 deaths

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 187,622
  • A total of 2,370 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Health announced 45 new COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, raising the death toll in the Kingdom to 2,370.
The ministry recorded 2,764 new cases, with Jeddah reporting 260, Al-Hofuf  reporting 213 and Riyadh reporting 208.
The total number of cases in Saudi Arabia has reached 243,238, but only 53,246 are active cases. 2,206 are in critical condition.
Another 4,574 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 187,622.
The total number of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted since the beginning of the pandemic has reached 2,494,873, with 58,190 new tests completed over the last 24 hours.
The Ministry of Health’s Taakad (make sure) and Tatamman (rest assured) services have served 1,024,489 people since their launch in June.
Tatamman clinics are located across the Kingdom and offer medical care for those who have COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments are not necessary. Some operate for 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Tatamman clinics only receive suspected cases with symptoms similar to COVID-19, even when experienced on more than one occasion. The staff will receive patients again and provide them the needed health care for their case,” MoH spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said.
He said the curve for new confirmed cases, deaths and patients under intensive care are all in stable condition.
“Stability or decline in the curve always augurs well,” said Al-Abd Al-Aly. “However, we are in constant anticipation and will not lessen our commitment in providing different health services as the pandemic is still gathering pace in most of the world,” he added.
The Ministry of Health confirmed that preventive measures taken by the Kingdom — in addition to unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — have contributed to increasing the clinical capacity of intensive care units by more than 2,800 beds in some regions.
The ministry said that this reflects the keenness of the Saudi leadership to ensure the health and safety of Saudis and expats.


Saudi, Brazil UN envoys seek to strengthen ties

Updated 07 August 2020

Saudi, Brazil UN envoys seek to strengthen ties

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, held talks through a video conference with Ronaldo Costa Filho, Brazil’s UN representative.
The meeting reviewed the bilateral relationships and cooperation between the two countries, as well as issues of common interest, global political developments and cooperation between their UN delegations.
Filho praised the Kingdom’s efforts in fighting terrorism and its cooperation with the international community, as well as the efforts of Al-Mouallimi in leading the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) advisory board.
Al-Mouallimi praised the support provided by Brazil to UNOCT and its cooperation with the international community.
The meeting also discussed Saudi-Brazilian cooperation within the G20, presided by Saudi Arabia in 2020. Filho commended the Kingdom for leading the group amid the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.