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Drivers Beware: The Muroor Will Start Monitoring Traffic Violations For Usage Of Phones Next Week

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Don’t get too comfortable, if you think you’ve yet to receive a fine even after using your phone while driving- think it no more.

Reports claim that the Traffic Authority announced it will be monitoring traffic violations for those who use their mobile phones by hand and are without seatbelts while driving, as of next week.

Especially if you’re in Riyadh, Makkah and Madinah

At the beginning of the year, the Directorate General of Traffic (Muroor) announced that the use of mobile phone while driving was to be electronically monitored. A mere touch of your phone while driving will be considered a traffic violation for which you can be fined SAR150 for the first offense.

According to Saudi Gazette, that fine may increase to SAR300 with the possibility of being detained for 24 hours. The Muroor also said that seatbelts will also be electronically monitored and motorists who do not wear them are susceptible to a fine.

The Traffic Department installed cameras along the Kingdom’s roads to help detect drivers who use their phones, following a study that shows this has been one of the biggest causes for road accidents. As well, these cameras can easily detect those without seatbelts.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Easing of Coronavirus Restrictions

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After following strict restrictions for over a month now, the Kingdom has finally announced the easing of some restrictions, those of which have halted much of the activity in the country.

It’s the good news we have all been waiting for in hope that things could return to normal soon, and the new rules are as follows…

According to an announcement made by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday, starting Sunday the 31st of May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except for Makkah. By this, movement in cities and within regions will be permitted once again.

This also means that complete lockdown will no longer be imposed but replaced with a curfew that starts from 3 p.m to 6 a.m until Sunday, after which the hours will change to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

But again, this doesn’t include Makkah as it will remain under a full 24-hour lockdown.

Starting June 21st, all curfews in the Kingdom will be lifted and prayers at Makkah’s mosque will be carried out.

Authorities have also granted permission for employees and officials to return to ministries, government agencies as well as private sector companies.

Easing of restrictions will also allow retail shops, malls and cafes to operate again. Expecting that all economic and commercial activities shall operate normally soon.

On the other hand, all job sectors where maintaining social distancing is hard to achieve such as beauty salons, barbershops, sports and health clubs, recreational centers and cinemas will remain closed.

Also, Umrah pilgrimage and international flights will continue to be suspended until further notice.

“The phases start gradually until we return to normalcy, with its new concept based on social distancing.” Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the health minister, said.

Of course, easing restrictions doesn’t mean that this is over, it just means that we now have to cope with the virus and maintain safety measures.

And for those who have the luxury to stay home, we urge them to do so and remain safe.

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The Kingdom Triumphs Over Cured COVID-19 Suspects Through Home Quarantine

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, many people have been self isolating at home rather than in hospitals in hopes of leaving more room and space for those who truly need intensive medical care.

In Saudi Arabia, 35,000 people are at home self isolating leaving at least two-thirds of them who had either recovered or had ended the quarantine period altogether due to being cleared by professional Health Officials.

On the other hand, roughly 12,000 citizens are asked to remain in quarantine, 9,000 of these people are self isolating in the confinement of their homes and 3,000 citizens are asked to be taken in for quarantine at designated locations.

It was recorded yesterday evening that 355 new cases were found within the Kingdom, leading to a total number of 2,577 that are active cases for the time being. On a wider     scale, 3,287 citizens have tested positive since the beginning of the outbreak.

89 people had tested positive in Madinah itself, 45 were found in Jeddah, 78 in Makkah, and lastly 83 in Riyadh. Currently, unfortunately 41 cases have been admitted to intensive care units.

So far, the government as well as the Saudi Health Minister was capable of helping clear over 23,000 COVID-19 cases only through home quarantine. This shows how impressive their medical teams as well as strategies have been this entire time. No wonder foreign expats are content in the Kingdom.

There are a number of services and applications available for users 24/7; these services are available to provide medical advice through the number 937 or ‘Sehha’ application by medical experts around the clock,” said Health Ministry spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly.

For those who want to remain updated on the cases of the Coronavirus in the Kingdom as well as the geographic spread, you could visit http://covid19.moh.gov.sa.

In response to calls of volunteers, health practitioners and specialists in various areas of support in health volunteering, the Ministry of Health has launched a volunteering platform with approximately 80,000 volunteers signed up so far,” added Dr Mohammed.

Now for those of you who are interested in volunteering and are hoping to participate and help save people, you could sign up here : https://volunteer.srca.org.sa. 

A new public health awareness campaign launched by the Saudi Ministry was made in continued effort to raise awareness about the crucial importance of social distancing. The campaign is called “Meter and a Half

NCA, the National Cyber Security Authority has been warning residents as well as citizens to take notice from messages that are supposedly administered from fake accounts, even if they may be bearing the Ministry of Health’s name by asking people to click on links.

 

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King Salman Orders Temporary Halt on Prison Sentences of Debtors

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King Salman Orders Temporary Halt on Prison Sentences of Debtors

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ordered a temporary halt to prison sentences for individuals convicted in private cases that involve unpaid debts.

This comes as part of the efforts done by the Kingdom to slow down the spread of the novel virus, and eventually putting an end to it by taking all the necessary measures.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the order suspends the implementation of final rulings and judicial orders related to the imprisonment of debtors in private right cases, with immediate temporary release for those who were imprisoned as a result of those rulings and orders.

Moreover, King Salman has ordered the suspension of all judgments that grant an estranged parent child-visitation rights.

The orders will remain in force until further notice from the authorities, it is expected to last until the pandemic is no longer a threat imposed on public health.

The orders have been implemented immediately with legal and prison authorities notified and are asked to take all necessary action. Also, every person who is affected by the suspension of parental visitation rights were notified through a text message.

After all, public health remains the top and main priority at the moment.
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