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Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman signs deals with Pakistan

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Saudi Arabia has signed investment deals with Pakistan worth $20bn, as an attempt to boost Pakistan’s fragile economy.

The deal also includes funding for an oil refinery in Gwadar city, with an investment worth $8bn.

All this falls under the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s high-profile Asian tour.

These investments are just what the country needs at the moment; as they suffer from a financial crisis, and has been looking for international backers to support them.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan has been on the lookout for friendly countries to help him cut down the size of the bailout package that Pakistan is going to need from the International Monetary Fund.

The kingdom has already offered its help with a  loan worth of $6bn.

“It’s big for phase one, and definitely [our commercial relationship] will grow every month and every year, and it will be beneficial to both countries.” Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman commented regarding the latest deal.

Pakistan is the first country on the Asian tour, and the Crown Prince is scheduled to visit India on Tuesday, and China on the following Thursday and Friday.

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The Latest Updates on Precautionary Measures Taken by Saudi Arabia

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The Latest Updates on Precautionary Measures Taken by Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Interior Ministry announced the expansion on the suspension of international flights as well as the internal ones, also work in both the private and public sectors has been suspended again.

The Ministry also added that domestic flights, trains, buses and taxis also remain suspended. This time the suspension is indefinite as part of the efforts taken to contain the spread of the coronavirus!

As for the curfew, it has been extended to start at 3 PM starting today, state news agency SPA reported. Movement from and into Jeddah will also be suspended.

Curfew has also been extended in six more Madinah districts including Al-Shuraybaat, Bani Zufr, Qurbaan, Al-Jum’a, certain parts of Iskaan and Bani Khudr.

Meanwhile, the Riyadh Mayoralty has taken advantage of the partial curfew and started cleaning and sterilization work of the main and subsidiary roads and streets in the city!

Around 44 street sweeping vehicles have taken over the streets of Riyadh city to cleanse it at a very low speed not exceeding 5 kph.  Riyadh Mayoralty has also launched an initiative to sanitize Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

These are all precautionary measures that are taken to ensure the safety and well-beings of the residents, based on the health recommendations submitted by the concerned authorities, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

 

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Ministry of Health App Success for COVID-19 Consultations

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Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, a new mobile application called Mawid was released to help the citizens who are in need of consultation.

So far in Jeddah, at least 176,000 people have been using this application in order to check whether they test positive or negative for the Coronavirus. The application has been a success and has proved that people are seeking comfort and guidance from it.

Many applications have been made worldwide to help aid people in times of COVID-19. Mawid, on the other hand, has proven to be one of the most successful so far. Out of the 176,000 citizens, 170,000 have shown reassuring results and are capable of checking in as well as retaking the test every day. However, 3,000 have shown to have some symptoms of the virus leaving them in the medium range.

2,700 citizens were advised to call the Coronavirus hotline number 937 or even contact an actual health institution for an in depth consultation. These people have shown to be at a high risk.

“Twenty people were diagnosed with early symptoms and received medical treatment at an early stage, protecting themselves and others,” said Dr. Mohammed Al Abd, Ministry Spokesman.

Dr. Mohammed has urged people to seek treatment if they feel like they are developing early symptoms of the Coronavirus rather than dismiss it as a regular flu. He is stressing on the point that this isn’t only to look after your own health but so as to ensure the health of the rest of the citizens and to protect your loved ones.

92 new cases of the Coronavirus have been announced by Dr Mohammed, he claims that 10 of these people are travelers who have come from abroad. These people have been quarantined immediately.

Unfortunately, the remaining 82 people who had tested positive had mixed with someone who had the Coronavirus to begin with.

Saudi Arabia’s numbers for COVID-19 are increasing by the minute. So far, it has been confirmed that the number of people that have tested positive for the virus as 1,104. Fortunate for them, these patients are stable for now and no new deaths have been reported by the government.

On the other hand, the total number of recoveries since the beginning of the outbreak are 35.

 

 

 

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The Kingdom Ranks the 10th Globally in Internet Speed

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The Kingdom Ranks the 10th Globally in Internet Speed

According to Eng. Nasser Al-Nasser, CEO of Saudi Telecom Company (STC) Group, the Kingdom’s global ranking in internet speed has jumped from the 105th place to the 10th globally within three years only.

“The Internet speed of STC has also multiplied seven times during the same period from 2016 to end of 2019,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted him.

Al-Nasser also added that Saudi Arabia has successfully become a global pioneer in the field of communication infrastructure, specifically in the digital communications.

“The Kingdom has achieved over the years, with the support of the wise leadership, a very advanced infrastructure of optical fibers in the services of the fourth and fifth generations.

“All telecommunications companies are working together to provide the digital services at the highest speed for the sectors of health, distance learning, remote work, and home entertainment,” he noted.

This is actually the perfect timing for such a significant increase in internet speed because it of the huge demand on internet at the moment, we’re happy to know that our country can meet this demand efficiently!

Currently, Al-Nasser said that STC network is witnessing a huge growth in traffic because of the educational and health platforms that have been made available for free.

 

 

 

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