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More stormy weather on the way for several Saudi regions

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  • Moderate to heavy rain is expected to fall in Riyadh and nearby provinces
  • Saudi Arabia has seen a fortnight of extreme weather with most of the country’s regions experiencing torrential rains

JEDDAH: Residents across Saudi Arabia will have to brace for yet another week of rough weather as authorities predict stormy conditions in a number of the Kingdom’s regions.
Heavy thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds will be a feature for the week ahead in most central, northern and eastern parts of the country, meteorologists predict.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected to fall in the capital, Riyadh, and the surrounding areas, as well as in the nearby provinces of Qassim and Hail.
There is a similar picture in the east of the country, where larger cities such as Dammam,  Khober, and Al-Ahsa, will see the possibility of moderate to heavy rainfall.
Madinah is expected to witness downpours from Tuesday to Thursday.
Al-Baha and Al-Asir, two southern regions, will see moderate rainfall, expecting to grow in intensity on Wednesday.
Authorities in the west-coast city of Jeddah have said they are continuing to deal with over 200 locations effected by rainwater, after stormy weather this week.
Saudi Arabia has seen a fortnight of extreme weather with most of the country’s regions experiencing torrential rains.
Last week, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection issued a “code red” warning of heavy thunderstorms and dust storms in the Eastern Region. Several other regions had to deal with adverse weather conditions, including Tabuk, in the north, where there was a risk of snow in elevated areas.
The country’s electricity provider had to apologize, last week, to residents of Rafhaa after the severe weather caused power cuts.
Authorities have issued several warnings to residents to avoid valleys and exercise caution when driving in the rain, advising motorist to provide enough stopping distance on wet roads.
Bad weather accompanied by torrential rains and flash flooding has hit several countries in the region, including Jordan where 12 people have been killed and nearly 4,000 tourists forced to flee the famed ancient desert city of Petra.
In Neighboring Kuwait, one man died after being swept away attempting to rescue his family from floods.
The ministries of oil and electricity as well as several oil companies announced a state of emergency, and the government held an urgent cabinet session on Saturday morning.

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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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