Taif restaurant shut down after 150 suffer food poisoning

Nine out of the 150 cases found medical treatment in nearby medical clinics while the rest were admitted to various hospitals for treatment. (AN photo)
Updated 18 January 2017

Taif restaurant shut down after 150 suffer food poisoning

RIYADH: A restaurant in Taif has been shut down and its workers told to take medical tests after 150 of its customers suffered food poisoning.
The control center of the Ministry of Health received an SOS call from a hospital at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, when 36 cases were admitted to a hospital as a result of food poisoning, according to an official from the ministry.
On receiving the alert from the hospital, the official said, the ministry sent out 15 medical teams to receive the increased number of patients which brought the total number of victims to 150.
Nine out of the 150 cases found medical treatment in nearby medical clinics while the other 141 were admitted to various hospitals for emergency treatment.
According to the latest information received by Arab News, many patients have been discharged from the hospital, while others are taking treatment in different facilities.
Currently, six children are in a pediatric hospital, 45 patients are kept under observation in Thurbah Hospital, seven patients in Khurma hospital and 19 in Qiyah hospital.
A total of 73 people among the victims have gone home after medical treatment.
The official said that legal action will be taken against the owner of the restaurant if the food outlet is found to have violated any of the regulations of the local authorities. The ministry has already appointed a committee of inquiry to look into the matter.


Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

Updated 21 August 2019

Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

  • The website of a cryptocurrency company is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal
  • The Singapore-based company uses the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree

JEDDAH: Fraudsters are trying to lure victims into investing in a “virtual currency” with false claims that it is linked to the Saudi riyal and will be used to finance key projects, the Saudi Ministry of Finance warned on Tuesday.

The website of a cryptocurrency company in Singapore is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal, using the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree. Its “ultimate goal” is to finance NEOM, the smart city and tourist destination being built in the north of the Kingdom, the company claims.

“Any use of the KSA name, national currency or national emblem by any entity for virtual or digital currencies marketing will be subject to legal action by the competent authorities in the Kingdom,” the ministry said on Tuesday.

The fraudsters were exploiting ignorance of how virtual currencies work, cryptocurrency expert Dr. Assad Rizq told Arab News.

“A lot of tricks can be played,” he said. “Some of these companies are not regulated, they have no assets, and even their prospectus is sometimes copied from other projects.

“They hype and pump their project so the price goes up. Inexpert investors, afraid of missing out, jump in, which spikes the price even higher. Then the owners sell up and make tons of money.

“Cryptocurrencies are a risky investment for two reasons. First, the sector is not yet fully regulated and a lot of projects use fake names and identities, such as countries’ names or flags, to manipulate investors.

“Second, you have to do your homework, learn about the technology. And if you still want to invest, consider your country’s rules and regulations.”