Number of COVID-19 deaths, new cases continues to fall in Saudi Arabia

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Roses are handed out on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha to thank people for adhering to guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19. (File/SPA)
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Roses are handed out on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha to thank people for adhering to guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19. (File/SPA)
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Police cars drive along a road during the annual Hajj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 01 August 2020

Number of COVID-19 deaths, new cases continues to fall in Saudi Arabia

  • There have been no reports of coronavirus infections at the holy sites of Hajj on the fourth day of the pilgrimage
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 237,548

RIYADH: The number of deaths from COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia continued to decrease on Saturday with the health ministry recording 21 more deaths from the disease.
The number of new cases announced also decreased with 1,573 infections recorded in the Kingdom over the past 24 hours.
Of the new cases, 102 were recorded in the capital Riyadh, 89 in the holy city of Makkah, 72 in Dammam and 55 in Madinah.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 237,548 after 1,890 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 2,887 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
There have been no reports of coronavirus infections at the holy sites of Hajj on the fourth day of the pilgrimage.


Saudi assistant defense minister dies aged 68

Updated 08 August 2020

Saudi assistant defense minister dies aged 68

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s assistant minister of defense, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh, died on Friday, aged 68.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defense said he had been suffering from an illness.

Al-Ayesh had been appointed to the position in May 2014 having previously been commander-in-chief of the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF) between 2010 and 2013.

Born in 1952 and from Jouf, he joined the RSAF in 1970 and graduated from King Faisal Air Academy as a pilot in 1972, becoming a pilot officer on F-15 fighter jets in the same year.

In 1974, he was appointed pilot officer in the 13th Squadron on Lightning interceptor aircraft and in 1982 maintained the title in the same squadron flying F-15s. Al-Ayesh attended an instructor pilot and weapons instructor course on Lightning aircraft in the UK in 1978.

He also served as the director of the RSAF Command’s plans and operations department, the commander of King Khalid Air Base, chief of RSAF operations, and deputy commander of the RSAF.

During his career, Al-Ayesh received several military medals including the King Abdul Aziz Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Legion of Merit from France, the First-Class Military Medal for Respect, and a Bronze Star from the US.