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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Saudi Arabia surpassed 50,000 cases of coronavirus on Saturday.
The kingdom registered 2,840 new infections, bringing the total number of cases to 52,016. Almost half (23,666) of Saudi's new total case numbers have recovered. The death toll stands at 302.
Capital Riyadh was hardest hit with new cases at 839, followed by Jeddah with 450 new infections.
Daily cases of the disease in Saudi Arabia exceeded 2000 on Thursday.
As cases grew, Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Bandar bin Ibrahim Al Khorayef sought to reassure business owners, saying the ministry is “constantly working to evaluate and address all the challenges facing the pioneers of the industrial sector in various parts of the Kingdom,” adding that the crisis “despite its ferocity, has resulted in some gains that will serve the industrial sector in our country in the long term”.
Confirmed coronavirus cases overall in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia hit 78,000 on Saturday.
Responding to a rise in cases, Kuwait entered a 20-day “total” lockdown on May 10, allowing citizens to leave home only for essential shopping and exercise.
Many in need of medical prescriptions saw them delivered by an unusual courier service. The Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) said Friday it delivered over 30,000 prescribed medications to citizens' homes over a period of 35 days.
Lt. Colonel Dr Fayez Al Nassar, Director of KFSD Vocational Health and Safety, said since the start of the full curfew, the directorate had added 200 staff to the team, taking the total to 450, covering deliveries in all governorates.
Kuwait currently has 12,860 cases of the virus, with 107 deaths.
A man in the country’s Salwa Area was forced to undertake mandatory quarantine beginning May 15 after violating rules for nationals returning from abroad.
Authorities told state news service KUNA a Kuwaiti man in his 50s was discovered exercising outdoors via a tracking bracelet all repatriated citizens are required to wear.
Returnees to Kuwait from abroad must wear the bracelet and quarantine at home for 28 days.
The Ministry of Health said the man would face legal action after his period of quarantine.
British Ministers praise Bahrain’s response to the virus on Friday and thanked the government for assisting in the return of British citizens.
UK Ambassador to Bahrain, Roderick Drummond, said he valued the co-operation of the Kingdom of Bahrain in facilitating the return of British nationals from the Republic of India and other countries through Bahrain International Airport, adding the British nationals in the Kingdom of Bahrain are comfortable with the health care and support provided to them.
“If you test Covid-19 positive, you become a guest of Bahrain for a month until no symptoms are shown. Meals and boarding are taken care of by the Kingdom," CEO of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority and Chairman of the National Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Ausamah Al Absi told a virtual meeting of British MPs and their Bahraini counterparts.
“Xenophobia was one of our biggest concerns but people have shown that they are welcoming."
Bahrain has seen 6,655 of the virus and 12 deaths.
Updated: May 16, 2020 06:59 PM
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