Ministry admits MERS remains a threat

Updated 30 October 2014
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Ministry admits MERS remains a threat

The Ministry of Health admitted Wednesday that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) remains a significant threat to public health in the Kingdom, particularly in Taif.
The ministry said its Command and Control Center (CCC), responsible for coordinating the response to MERS, is concerned about breaking the chain of transmission in Taif, after several infections and deaths in the city.
Since Sept. 5, there have been 38 confirmed cases of the disease across the country. At least 17 people have been infected with the virus in Taif. The primary cases in the city involved people who had unprotected contact with camels and then came into contact with others, including health care workers.
"The available evidence indicates that camels transmit MERS-CoV to humans, who then infect each other through direct contact with droplets that contain the virus," said Anees Sindi, deputy chief of the CCC.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.