21 MERS cases detected across Saudi Arabia in one week

A thermal camera monitor shows the body temperature of passengers arriving from overseas against possible MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, virus at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, May 21, 2015. (AP)
Updated 17 February 2019
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21 MERS cases detected across Saudi Arabia in one week

  • Twelve patients were admitted to hospitals, six were quarantined, and three have since died

JEDDAH: The current epidemiological week has seen an increased number of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, with 21 new cases reported in the Kingdom, of 15 men and six women, including three fatalities, according to an electronic survey conducted by the Ministry of Health.
Of the 21 cases reported, 16 are in the city of Wadi Al-Dawasir, three in Riyadh and the other two cases in Buraydah and Najran.
According to the survey, the youngest patient, 16, had close contact with an infected subject, while the oldest patient, an 80-year-old lady, acquired the infection while under medical care.
Twelve patients were admitted to hospitals, six were quarantined, and three have since died.
Field teams from the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture also detected positive MERS samples in camels in the affected areas.
The Health Ministry command and control center called upon citizens and residents to take precautions when coming into close contact with camels by complying with general hygiene measures, such as regular hand washing before and after touching animals, avoiding contact with sick animals and wearing protective clothing when handling them.


Saudi Cabinet approves National Culture Strategy

The Cabinet approved the establishment of the National Center for Meteorology, the National Center for Plant Covering and Combating Desertification, the National Center for Environmental Compliance Control, and the National Center for the Development of Wildlife. (SPA)
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Saudi Cabinet approves National Culture Strategy

  • The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the Saudi and Russian justice ministries
  • MoUs with different countries OK’d

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday approved the recommendations made by the Council of Economic Affairs and Development to approve the National Culture Strategy.
The strategy will include a range of policies and initiatives, as well as a summary of the Culture Ministry’s previous efforts to develop the cultural sector and make it an important contributor to the national economy.
The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, also approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Saudi General Audit Bureau and the US Government Accountability Office.
The Cabinet approved an MoU on cooperation between the Saudi and Russian justice ministries.
It also approved an MoU on cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Kingdom and South Korea.
The Cabinet approved the establishment of the National Center for Meteorology, the National Center for Plant Covering and Combating Desertification, the National Center for Environmental Compliance Control, and the National Center for the Development of Wildlife.
The General Authority for Meteorology and Environment Protection and the Saudi Wildlife Authority will be abolished, but they will continue to exercise their duties until the aforementioned centers are fully established.
The Cabinet addressed economic and cultural activities that took place during the week, including the launch of four major projects in Riyadh at a total cost of SR86 billion ($23 billion).
It commended efforts in relation to the projects, which are expected to create 70,000 new jobs for Saudis in various sectors.