Expat dies of coronavirus infection in Qassim

Updated 24 May 2013
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Expat dies of coronavirus infection in Qassim

RIYADH: An expatriate residing in the central province of Qassim has died of the novel coronavirus infection, the Ministry of Health has announced.
The latest fatality brings to 17 the total number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus deaths in the kingdom. This was the first coronavirus case of a non-Saudi patient in the kingdom, the MOH said.
In its latest update posted on its website late on Wednesday, the MOH said the patient was admitted at a hospital a few days ago due to severe acute respiratory syndrome and passed away on Tuesday.
No other details were provided, but a statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) quoted a report it received from the Saudi MOH saying "the patient was a 63-year-old man with an underlying medical condition who was admitted to a hospital with acute respiratory distress on 15 May 2013 and died on 20 May 2013."
A source at the Ministry of Health told Arab News that the latest victim was a male Syrian and that the MOH hospital where he was admitted was in the city of Buraidah.
The WHO statement, quoting the MOH report, said the fatal case in Qassim is not related to the cluster of cases reported from Al-Ahsa in the eastern part of the country.
Investigation into contacts of the case is ongoing, it said.
"The Saudi authorities are also continuing the investigation into the outbreak that began in a health care facility since the beginning of April 2013 in Al-Ahsa. To date, a total of 22 patients including 10 deaths have been reported from the outbreak," said the WHO statement.
Saudi Arabia remains the center for the new respiratory virus as investigators from the WHO seek more clues about its origins and how it is spread.
Known as novel coronavirus, or nCoV, the new virus is from the same family as those that cause common colds and the one that caused the deadly outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that emerged in Asia in 2003. The WHO uses the term MERS-CoV to refer to the virus.
WHO said it has received reports of a total of 44 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 22 deaths, since the virus was discovered by scientists in September 2012.
Apart from Saudi Arabia, nCov or MERS-CoV cases were also found in France, Germany, Britain, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Tunisia.
Of those infected in Saudi Arabia, two were health workers who caught the virus from patients in their care — the first evidence of such transmission within a hospital, the WHO earlier said.


Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

Updated 20 April 2019
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Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor
  • He also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology

MOSCOW: The chairman of the Saudi Space Commission on Saturday visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center.
Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor, who briefed him on the center’s work and programs, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
They discussed establishing scientific and research cooperation in the areas of space and aeronautics, and the International Space Station.
Prince Sultan also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology. It produces most parts of the International Space Station.
He said his visit was in line with directives from King Salman to ensure close cooperation with Russia in the space sector and joint investments.
The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) was working at a “rapid pace” to complete an ambitious national strategy, he said, and the Kingdom was one of the region’s first countries to explore the future of space more than 34 years ago.
He added that programs were being prepared in partnership with Russian space institutions and agencies to train Saudi astronauts and to expand in space and satellite industries.
The prince said the commission was keen to invest in training Saudi talent through specialized programs and educational scholarships abroad.
Earlier this week, he visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos for a working session alongside its director-general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
“Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence,” SPA reported Rogozin as saying.
Last month, Saudi Arabia and 10 other countries signed the first pan-Arab agreement on coordinating national exploration programs at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, said that the group’s first project would be a satellite system to be built in the UAE.
The agreement is unprecedented for the nations involved, whose levels of technical expertise vary. The first aim of the agreement will be to bring them all up to an equal level of capability.