Coronavirus has affected almost every country in the world and Saudi Arabia is no exception. Despite outstanding arrangements made by the Saudi government to contain the virus, it has killed 8 people so far.
Four Deaths in a day
On 29 March 2020, Saudi Arabia announced the death of 4 coronavirus patients in the country bringing the total number of deaths to 8. It is the highest number of deaths in one day in Saudi Arabia due to COVID-19.
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Saudi Arabia recorded the fourth coronavirus related death on 28 March 2020, the ministry of health said. He was a young Egyptian pharmacist doctor who used to work in a pharmaceutical company in Jeddah.
Saudi Arabia recorded the third coronavirus related death on 26 March 2020, the ministry of health said. The 51-year-old resident from Madinah passed away after being admitted to hospital in a critical condition
The Ministry of Health reported a second death as a 46-year-old man from Makkah succumbed to the deadly virus on 25 March 2020 in Saudi Arabia.
An Afghan national died in Madinah on 23rd of March, marking the first fatality in Saudi Arabia from the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Ministry of Health. The patient’s health deteriorated quickly after being admitted to a hospital emergency room in the holy city.
- The number of Coronavirus cases in the world: 735,000
- The number of Coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia: 1,299
- The coronavirus Death rate in the World: 4.76%
- The coronavirus Death rate in Saudi Arabia: 0.61%
Major Steps by the Saudi Govt to contain COVID-19
Saudi Arabia has taken many steps to control the spread of coronavirus in the Kingdom. We have highlighted some of these steps below.
29 March 2020: The Ministry of Interior has extended the curfew timings in Jeddah from 3:00 pm to 6:00 am.
28 March 2020: Saudi Arabia extended the curfew in selected districts of Madina to 24 hours.
25 March 2020: Considering the high number of cases reported from specific regions, King Salman extended the curfew time from 3:00 pm to 6:00 am in Riyadh, Makkah and Madina cities.
Moreover, traveling between all 13 regions of Saudi Arabia is banned.
23 March 2020: King Salman imposed a curfew from 7:00 pm until 6:00 am in the morning for a period of 21 days all across the country.
20 March 2020: Jawazat announced that the Saudi government has waived off the dependent fee and maktab amal fee of all expatriates in Saudi Arabia for 3 months. In other words, their Iqama will automatically be renewed for 3 months.
20 March 2020: The Ministry of Interior instructed to close down all domestic flights, buses, trains and taxis all across the country.
16 March 2020: The Ministry of Labor announced two weeks off to the private sector employees working in the head offices and instructed employers to work with 40% of staff in the branch offices.
16 March 2020: The Saudi government announced the closure of all government offices in the Kingdom except the health sector, security, and military. Moreover, SAMA announced to close down all banks for 2 weeks.
15 March 2020: Saudi Arabia closed down all shopping malls, entertainment places, dine-in in restaurants. Only grocery stores and necessary shops were allowed to remain open.
14 March 2020: The Ministry of Labor announced a mandatory 14 days medical leave to all new entrants to Saudi Arabia.
14 March 2020: Saudi Arabia canceled all international flights from all around the world for a period of 2 weeks.
12 March 2020: Saudi Arabia bans flights from 50 countries to Saudi Arabia. All these countries were badly affected by the coronavirus.
11 March 2020: The first patient recovered from coronavirus in Saudi Arabia.
04 March 2020: The Saudi Government imposed a ban on performing Umrah even for domestic pilgrims.
02 March 2020: The first case of coronavirus was reported from Saudi Arabia.
27 Feb 2020: The Saudi government suspended the entry of Umrah pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from all around the world.