MERS strikes KSA, S. Korea

Updated 04 June 2015

MERS strikes KSA, S. Korea

RIYADH: An expatriate died and two Saudis were infected with the MERS coronavirus in Huraymala and Hofuf respectively, said the Health Ministry on Tuesday.
The deceased expat male worker was 41, while the two infected Saudi men are 54 and 50.
Since June 2012, the number of MERS cases has reached 1,016 — 562 recoveries, 447 deaths and seven under treatment in the Kingdom.
Meanwhile, two people died of MERS in South Korea in the first reported deaths in that region.
Both people, a 58-year-old woman and a 71-year-old man, had been identified as carrying the virus. Six more cases were also discovered, the Korean Health Ministry said, bringing the total number of the infected to 25. Many of the infections occurred in the same hospital as the first case nearly two weeks ago.
The Saudi Health Ministry has set up a 24-hour MERS hotline, 937. The caller is assured of privacy and all needed services are offered.


Saudi CERT warns against phishing attacks in relation to COVID-19

Updated 10 April 2020

Saudi CERT warns against phishing attacks in relation to COVID-19

JEDDAH: The Saudi Computer Emergency Response Team (Saudi CERT) has warned that people are using the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to initiate online phishing scams and attempt to steal personal information.

“Be careful and beware of messages that you could receive from fake accounts under the name of  the Ministry of Health asking you to click on an unknown link,” Saudi CERT wrote on Twitter.

Saudi CERT shared a number of tips to avoid falling for such scams: “Continuously follow reliable news sources from the Ministry of Health’s official accounts, make sure that the messages received are from official accounts and check with the sender before opening anonymous links.”