RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced three deaths from COVID-19 and 2,866 new infections on Thursday.
Of the new cases, 956 were recorded in Riyadh, 189 in Jeddah, 158 in Dammam, and 116 in Hofuf. Several other cities recorded less than one hundred new cases each.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 681,711 after 3,379 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 8,965 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
Over 59 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan made separate phone calls to his Djiboutian counterpart Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, and his Senegalese counterpart Aissata Tall Sall, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said on Friday.
During the calls, Prince Faisal thanked both foreign ministers for supporting his country’s request to host the Expo 2030 in Riyadh.
They also reviewed bilateral relations and ways to develop them, and discussed the most prominent regional and international developments of common interest.
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DUBAI: The Saudi pavilion at Expo 2020 has screened a short film highlighting the plight of the Arabian leopard amid a growing campaign to raise awareness of the endangered big cat.
The Kingdom earlier this week declared Feb. 10 as “Arabian Leopard Day” as part of its ongoing efforts to save the country’s largest predator from extinction.
The film, which was broadcast in both Arabic and English, attracted hundreds of visitors to the pavilion. It details the threats posed to the leopard and its habitat, and provides an insight into the conservation measures undertaken to protect them.
The Arabian leopard has long been under threat and it is thought there are now only about 200 left in the wild.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
During the call, they discussed relations between the two countries in various fields and opportunities to develop them, in addition to a number of issues of common interest.
Meanwhile, the crown prince made a phone call to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to review bilateral relations and ways to enhance cooperation between the Kingdom and Indonesia.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday confirmed 2,523 new COVID-19 infections in the previous 24 hours, meaning 724,525 people have now contracted the disease.
According to the Ministry of Health, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 851, followed by Jeddah with 172, Dammam with 163, Al-Hofuf confirmed 101, and Madinah recorded 74.
Of the total number of cases, 1,040 remain in critical condition.
The ministry confirmed four new coronavirus related deaths, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,969 since the pandemic began.
The health ministry also announced that 3,825 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 685,536.
Over 59.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 23.8 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 407 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 5.81 million.
MAKKAH: The Durra border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Jordan has reopened ahead of schedule following its closure on Dec. 26 for maintenance work.
The Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority announced that the crossing terminal in Haql, Tabuk province, resumed dealing with passengers, importers, and exporters on Wednesday.
During the closure period, crossing operations took place via the border towns of Halat Ammar in Tabuk, and Al-Haditha in Jouf.
According to figures for 2021, 28,858 vehicles and trucks departed, and 30,756 entered, via the Durra crossing, the authority revealed, while customs data showed that there were 1,855 import and export movements totaling 39,000 tons.