Under the chairmanship of Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, the COVID-19 Follow-up Committee held its 36th meeting today.
During the meeting, all relevant COVID-19 updates and reports were reviewed. The committee discussed the epidemiological situation globally, as well as the cases reported locally. All precautionary measures carried out at the points of entry into the Kingdom will continue in full and will be further enhanced, the committee stressed.
Following the meeting, a press conference was held, including Health Ministry Spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali, Interior Ministry spokesman Lt. Colonel Talal Al-Shalhoub and Commerce and Investment Ministry Spokesman Abdulrahman Al-Hussain.
For his part, Dr. Al-Abdulaali said the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide is 470,000 cases, of which 115,000 cases have been cured to date. The COVID-19 death toll has jumped to 21,000.
So far, said Dr. Al-Abdulaali, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reported 112 new cases, of which 12 cases got infected while traveling and they are quarantined since their arrival to the Kingdom’s ports of entry. The remaining 100 cases got infected as a result of contact with previously confirmed cases.
The new cases are distributed as follows: Riyadh 34, Makkah 26, Taif 18, Jeddah 13, Dammam 6, Qatif 5, Madinah 3, Khobar 2, Hofuf 2, Dhahran 1, Buraidah 1 and Khafji 1, bringing the accumulative number of COVID-19 infections in the Kingdom to 1012 cases. They are receiving necessary medical care and are in stable condition, with the exception of 6 critical cases. An expatriate in Madinah who was previously diagnosed as infected with COVID-19 and suffering from diabetes, blood pressure, and heart failure died, bringing COVID-19 death toll to 3. However, four cured cases were recorded, bringing the number of cured cases to 33.
He advised everyone to abide by the following safety tips, avoiding handshakes, washing hands with soap and water frequently, covering mouth while coughing or sneezing and get rid of used tissues properly, and staying at home, avoiding gathering and not going outside unless extremely necessary. It is also advised to isolating arrivals from outside the Kingdom for 14 days.
He called on them to use the COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment service via MOH’s Mawid App. He stressed the importance of depending on the official sources for getting information, and not listening to rumors. “Everyone who has coronavirus symptoms, or has an inquiry is welcomed to call our 937 Center, 24/7”, he added.