Mission possible: Saudi Arabia ‘has control over virus spread’

28/12/20

The western region’s first vaccine center is serving 700 beneficiaries a day and operating from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Supplied)
  • Eastern Province to begin inoculations with the opening of first vaccine center in the region

JEDDAH: The number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia has fallen by 96.9 percent since a mid-June peak of 4,919, a clear sign that the Kingdom is in control of the outbreak, according to a Health Ministry spokesman.

The past six months have shown a steady decline, with Saudi Arabia recording 154 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
The number of patients in critical care units has also fallen by 83.1 percent since reaching its peak during the summer, while deaths have also decreased by 84.5 percent.
Though overall numbers have seen a significant decline in recent weeks, the ministry’s spokesman, Dr. Al-Abd Al-Aly, said that numbers in some areas have been fluctuating in the past two weeks, with half the Kingdom’s regions seeing a 50 percent rise, most notably in the Eastern Province, Qassim, Hail and Jazan, Northern Borders and Baha regions.
“The fluctuating numbers are not indicators that (the spread) is out of control,” Al-Aly said. “On the contrary, some areas have shown significant declines and any slight increase will make a difference.”
He said that the coronavirus vaccine being distributed in Saudi Arabia will be effective against the mutations now being detected in some areas of the world.
The Kingdom is joining the global community in monitoring the changes around the clock in order to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

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362k The total number of coronavirus cases in KSA reached 362,220.

“More than 700,000 people in high-risk groups have registered for the vaccine so far,” Al-Aly said.
“The number of registrations is increasing. This is a positive indicator that the community’s awareness level is high and people are playing a responsible role in ensuring the safety of the community.”
Vaccine clinics are set to open in Dammam as Saudi Arabia’s nationwide vaccine program rolls out.
With Sunday’s numbers, 362,220 people have been infected with the virus since March 2, 2020.
There are currently 2,856 active cases, 391 of which are in critical care units.
The Kingdom’s regions are again recording numbers below the 50 case mark, with Riyadh leading with 42 cases, Makkah with 33, Eastern Province with 17, Madinah with 16, and Asir region with 12.
A total of 175 new recoveries were also reported, raising the overall number to 353,179. The Kingdom’s recovery rate is currently 97.5 percent.
Nine new fatalities were reported, raising the death toll from complications due to the COVID-19 infection to 6,185.
More than 10.87 million polymerase chain reaction tests have been conducted in Saudi Arabia as part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

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French restaurants in Saudi Arabia

Time: 14 July, 2020

If a trip to France seems improbable this summer, you can always channel Parisian flair at our favorite French restaurants in the Kingdom.

  • La Cuisine

    Located in Jeddah, this dining space is one of the oldest French restaurants in Saudi Arabia. The menu boasts an array of popular French dishes, including escargot.

  • Le Traiteur

    With a menu that changes every four months, this Jeddah-based restaurant offers visitors a chance to indulge in their favorite French dishes while also trying something new.

  • Paul

    The authentic French dining bakery is mostly known for its breakfast and coffee, and features a wide selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.

  • Le Grenier a Pain

    This Riyadh-based restaurant, which opened its doors in 2018, boasts a French-inspired interior that will surely transport guests. Don’t forget to try its famous crusty baguette and cheese platter.

  • Rococoa

    Situated in Riyadh, Rococoa — a play on the words “cocoa” and “Rococo” — is part ice-cream parlour, part chocolaterie and part patisserie.

  • Verdure

    This aptly titled restaurant draws inspiration for its name from the Latin word, which means fresh and tasty food. The menu includes French-inspired dishes such as baked aubergine and brioche cake.

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