JEDDAH: Saudis leaving the Kingdom after March 31 will not require a COVID-19 vaccine to travel, a Saudi Health Ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
“There is no condition that states one must be vaccinated to travel. Studies for this are still ongoing. This matter is related to the Kingdom. Other countries might be applying this, but there is no condition in the Kingdom so far,” said Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly.
The Health Passport is a unique service issued by the Health Ministry’s “Twakkalna” application in cooperation with the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence and other entities. It is important that recipients of the vaccine have their appointments documented.
The ministry recorded 110 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, raising the total number of infections to 363,692.
The Riyadh region recorded the highest case count with 40 cases, while Makkah reported 31, and the Eastern Province and Madinah region saw 12 cases each. Hail, the Northern Border region and Al-Jouf recorded zero cases.
• The ministry recorded 110 new COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
• The Kingdom recorded one of its lowest death rates in weeks.
• There are now 2,024 active cases, 308 of which are in critical care.
There are now 2,024 active cases, 308 of which are in critical care.
There were 174 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 355,382. The Kingdom’s recovery rate is holding steady at 97.7 percent.
The Kingdom recorded one of its lowest death rates in weeks after only four new coronavirus-related deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 6,286.
More than 11.3 million polymerase chain reaction tests have been conducted in the Kingdom since the beginning of the pandemic, with 37,043 completed in the past 24 hours.
Saudi Arabia to open borders Pre-Covid on March 31st
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced the reopening of all borders including International Flights and lifting of all restrictions to pre Covid-19 measures from March 31st, 2021.
The Kingdom has also allowed the travelling of Citizens abroad starting from March 31st. Saudi Citizens are banned from travelling abroad since March of last year.
The Kingdom’s Interior Ministry also said that a thorough analysis of the Covid-19 measures before reopening of Flights.
Earlier the Kingdom announced the reopening of all borders and lifting of all restrictions from January 1st, 2021 which wasn’t put in effect because of the emerging new strain of Covid-19 in the UK and South Africa. Currently Citizens and travellers who have spent 14 days in the UK, South Africa, Brazil, India and Argentina are not allowed to travel to the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia: Exhibit of rare manuscripts in Prophet’s Mosque to open this week
Rare copies of the Holy Quran set to go on display
Published: January 17, 2021
Ramadan Al Sherbini, Correspondent
A permanent exhibition of rare manuscripts will open this week in the Prophet Mohammed’s Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Medina
Cairo: A permanent exhibition of rare manuscripts will open this week in the Prophet Mohammed’s Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Medina, a senior official has said.
The exhibit is due to open Monday evening in cooperation with the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives, President General for Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Abdulrahaman Al Sudais said in media remarks.
“The General Presidency for Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques seeks to highlight the role of manuscripts through the Arab history in preserving and storing information as well as making it available to everyone,” he added.
The exhibit aims to shed light on efforts of the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives in recording history of the two holy mosques and the foundation’s scholarly projects mainly in Medina, media reports said.
Rare copies of the Holy Quran will be put on display.
In October, Saudi authorities allowed worshippers to return to pray in the Prophet’s Mosque after a seven-month suspension prompted by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Muslims, performing the Umrah or less pilgrimage in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, usually visit the Medina and pray in the Prophet’s Mosque.
The Umrah trips resumed last October according to a phased plan and amid stringent measures against COVID-19.
arab.news/jztfh The holy city gained World Health Organization accreditation after meeting all global standards
January 24, 2021
JEDDAH: The Saudi city of Madinah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities.
The holy city gained the accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the global standards required to be a healthy city.
Madinah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million to be recognized under the organization’s healthy cities program.
A total of 22 government, community, charity and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.
The city’s integrated program included a strategic partnership with Taibah University to record government requirements on an electronic platform for the organization’s review.
The WHO also recommended that the university provide training to other national city agencies interested in taking part in the healthy cities program..
A committee chaired by the university’s president, Dr. Abdul Aziz Assarani, supervised 100 members representing the 22 government, civil, charity and volunteer agencies.
Criteria included meeting goals set by the Madinah Region Strategy Project and the launch of a “Humanizing Cities” program.
According to WHO, “a healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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