Riyadh: The first day of Ramadan will be on Tuesday, the Saudi Supreme Court announced on Monday.
The Crescent Department held a meeting on Shaban 30 according to the Umm Al-Qura lunar calendar to see the new moon.
The decision was made after careful examination and, after a number of witnesses, the sighting was confirmed.
The Supreme Court extended its wishes to King Salman, the Crown Prince, citizens and residents, and all Muslims at the beginning of the Muslim Holy Month.
This is the second year Ramadan has been observed taking precautions against coronavirus pandemics.
Only vaccinated or immune worshipers are allowed to enter the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, and pilgrims who perform umrah in the Great Mosque in Mecca during Ramadan without permission face a heavy fine to prevent the virus from spreading.
Umrah permits and permits to visit the Great Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque will increase the operational capacity in the month of Ramadan.
Permits are given to those who have received two vaccine stings, those who received their first sting and 14 days have passed, or those who had the virus and recovered.
Having more than 5 million people vaccinated means the order that more people can visit the holy places than a year ago.
Before the pandemic, Mecca and Medina filled with visitors each year during Ramadan as pilgrims from all over the world arrived in the kingdom to seek the blessings of worship in the holy mosques.
More than 1.6 billion Muslims on the all over the world will mark the month in which believers abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to sundown.
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia recorded 11 new deaths related to COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total death toll to 6,765.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 842 new confirmed cases reported in the kingdom in the past 24 hours, meaning 399,277 people are now infected with the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 8,485 remain active and 950 in critical condition.
According to the Ministry, the highest number of cases were registered in the capital Riyadh with 365, followed by Mecca with 150, the Eastern Province with 147, Asir with 34 and Hagel with 32 cases.
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The ministry also announced that 706 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the kingdom to 384,027.
The ministry again urged the public to register to receive the bump, comply with measures, and comply with instructions.
A priority rapid vaccination service has also been introduced for citizens and residents aged 75 and over, with no registration or appointment required.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs temporarily closed 18 mosques in eight regions on Monday after 18 believers tested positive for COVID-19. This closed the total number of mosques to 570 within 64 days, of which 542 were reopened after sterilization.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 136 million people worldwide, and the death toll has reached around 2.94 million.
JEDDAH: The Kingdom’s flagship is preparing to operate at full capacity ahead of the travel ban lifted next month. Saudis is committed to traveling safely again during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Saudi Transport Minister Saleh Al-Jasser chaired a meeting with the Saudia Airline Board of Directors to discuss preparations for the return of international flights on May 17.
The date marks the end of the suspension of international travel for Saudi citizens by land, air and sea.
The Minister thanked for efforts to continue domestic flights safely by limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Saudia was named one of the top 10 airlines in the world for its health and safety measures and received the highest certification from APEX Health Safety in January.
Saudis are more comfortable with the idea of going abroad again.
Ismail Ayoub, 30, said he will travel as soon as the opportunity presents itself, with Dubai being his first choice due to its high security standards. « Security is a factor, another reason is that I have good connections in Dubai and the region, so this is an opportunity to reconnect with them, » Ayoub told Arab News.
« Dubai’s proximity to the Kingdom also makes it very convenient, » he added.
Ayoub said he will travel to countries where tourism offerings meet strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. “I would avoid countries with unmanaged crowds. I want to enjoy my trip and be on the safe side. “
Software engineer Alia Al-Sadat, 27, said she was happy to have the opportunity to travel but would rather postpone her international flight schedules until the global cases fall.
“I feel very safe in the Kingdom. I’m happy to just travel between Jeddah and Riyadh or even explore AlUla, ”Al-Sadat told Arab News.
She stressed that the travel restrictions are a good opportunity to explore the kingdom.
“A lot of people don’t know, but Saudi Arabia has some spectacular destinations. This year I wanted to explore places like Abha, Taif and of course Umluj, ”she added.
JEDDAH: A few days before the start of Ramadan, Saudi health officials are warning residents of the kingdom to remain vigilant and adhere to the safety precautions in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
During a press conference on Sunday, Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, reminded residents of the importance of following the precautions.
« Last year’s Ramadan was unlike any other Ramadan we’ve seen, » he said, adding that mosque visitors must follow set guidelines, such as: B. Bring your own prayer mats, go to prayer on time, distance yourself socially and stay away from overcrowding.
He also stressed the importance of taking precautions at family gatherings. « We’re used to family gatherings during Ramadan – they’re special and bring the family together – but we have to limit the number of people attending meetings. »
On Saturday, the Ministry of Health announced it would postpone the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure more people get their first dose.
“The challenges are a race against time. We want to make sure that the most at risk are prioritized and given their first vaccine to gain immunity, ”said Al-Abd Al-Aly, adding that canceled slots would be automatically rearranged.
« The second dose acts as a booster to the immunity you develop after the first dose, » he said.
A total of 799 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the kingdom on Sunday, meaning 398,435 people have contracted the disease in Saudi Arabia.
There are 8,360 active cases, of which 915 are critical.
In addition, 548 new recovery cases were announced, bringing the total number of recoveries to 383,321. The kingdom’s restoration rate has remained constant at 96.2 percent.
Seven new COVID-19-related deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 6,754.
Saudi Arabia has administered more than 6.25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to date. A total of 58,897 PCR tests were performed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests performed in the kingdom to 15,797,442.
In the past week, 30,054 violations of precautionary and preventive measures were reported. Most violations occurred in Riyadh (11,162), Mecca (5,883) and the Eastern Province (4,183). Jazan (155) and Najran (132) had the lowest number of reported violations.
The Ministry of the Interior stressed that citizens and residents must continue to comply with the preventive measures and instructions issued by the authorities for their own safety and the safety of fellow citizens and residents.
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has established guidelines and protocols for granting Umrah and prayer permits for the month of Ramadan.
Vaccinations are high on the priority list as neither the Great Mosque of Mecca nor the mosque of Madinah’s Prophet are allowed to worship without having received at least one dose of the vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Permits are only issued through the Tawakkalna and Eatmarna apps and are not provided to non-vaccinated individuals as the latest Tawkkalna update has color-coded and bar-coded each category specific to their state of health.
Unauthorized vehicles are not allowed in the central region around Mecca, and visitors must arrive on time or they run the risk of losing their time slot.
Children are not allowed to enter mosques or the courtyards around the mosques.
Permits are only issued through the Tawakkalna and Eatmarna apps and are not provided to non-vaccinated individuals as the latest Tawkkalna update has color-coded and bar-coded each category specific to their health status.
The Home Office issued a warning stating a fine of SR 10,000 (US $ 26,671) for pilgrims attempting to perform umrah without permission and a fine of SR 1,000 for worshipers who attempt to enter mosques without permission.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance issued a statement that Taraweeh and Qiyam prayers should not exceed 30 minutes in any mosque in the kingdom. This came after King Salman decided to allow taraweeh prayers in the two holy mosques and reduce them to five tasleemat.
The ministry reminded people of the need to follow the preventive measures to ensure the safety, health and safety of those who visit the two holy mosques.
JEDDAH: Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), has set up a special group to support victims of sexual harassment and their families with psychological counseling as well as educational, social and legal advice in strict confidentiality.
The group will improve protection for victims of harassment and raise awareness of its impact on individuals and society.
Al-Awwad said the launch is part of the measures and regulations the kingdom has put in place to protect and assist victims of harassment, including the Harassment Act, the Child Protection System and the Prevention of Abuse Act.
The group will address this impact to help victims overcome trauma, to ensure it does not recur, and to inform families and the appropriate authorities in the event of new harassment.
The group is led by HRC board member Dr. Sarah bint Omar Al-Abdulkarim in collaboration with the consulting psychiatrist Dr. Meshal Al-Aqeel and Dr. Amal Bannunah, a professional protection and sex education counselor. Accompanied by a number of HRC specialists, beneficiaries are offered psychological, educational and legal consultations.