Compensation for families of healthcare workers who died from Covid-19 in Saudi

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Sarah Peddie

The Saudi Arabian Government will pay compensation to the families who have lost loved ones who were health care workers to Covid-19.

The amount will be paid out to the families of both Saudi nationals and expats whose family members provided care in the public and private sectors. 

The payouts will cover health care workers who died between March 2, when the country recorded its first Covid-19 case to the present. 

The Kingdom is one of the worst hit countries in the Gulf region however, the infection rate has slowed down dramatically since reporting a high of almost 5,000 on a single day in June.  

A statement from the Saudi cabinet stated: “An amount of 500,000 riyals ($133,000) will be disbursed to the families of the deceased due to the coronavirus pandemic, working in the government or private health sector, whether civilian or military, and whether Saudi or non-Saudi.”

So far, Saudi Arabia has recorded a total of just over 346,000 coronavirus cases with over 5,300 deaths (as of October 29).

Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali, spokesman for the Health Ministry said on Sunday that the current daily average of cases doesn’t warrant another lockdown. The country ended its nationwide curfew in late June when cases were slowing.

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