Saudi Arabia registered less than a hundred new daily coronavirus cases on Saturday, for the first time since January, as the Kingdom ramps up its vaccination drive.
It has so far administered around 40 million shots.
The Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed 83 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 545,912. It announced 75 new recoveries, raising the total to 534,983. Seven more people have died from the virus, taking the toll to 8,617.
The Ministry renewed its call on the people to take the two doses of the vaccine and comply with health precautions.
The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, said it will allow the return of people who have been fully vaccinated with WHO-approved COVID-19 jabs and holding valid residence visas from 15 nations previously on the suspended list.
Passengers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria, and Afghanistan can now enter the UAE.
The passengers can apply via the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and complete the vaccination application to get the necessary approval, in addition to presenting the approved vaccination certification upon departure for the UAE.
The passengers are also required to present a negative PCR test result within 48 hours before departure.
In Oman, teachers, support staff, academic administrators, and school supervisors will all oversee the start of the new academic year. They will need to ensure that the COVID-19 precautionary measures set by the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, are followed at all schools.