MERS kills another expat in Jeddah

Updated 16 April 2014

MERS kills another expat in Jeddah

Five more MERS cases, including one fatality, were reported in Jeddah on Monday. An official from the Ministry of Health said the latest victim was a 70-year-old expat living in the Western Province.
“Three citizens and a 56-year-old foreign worker have also been affected by the virus; their condition is said to be stable,” the official told Arab News.
The three Saudis who were infected were in their early 50s and are being treated at the ICU of a local hospital, while the other two, aged 28 and 45, are undergoing clinical tests.
Sources said at least 30 paramedics in Jeddah have been infected over the past week, four of whom are in the ICU. There is a huge demand for masks and gloves at pharmacies.
A laboratory tested around 190 suspected samples on Monday and only five were found positive, the official said.
Meanwhile, private schools in the capital have alerted their teachers to look for children showing symptoms of MERS and quarantine them promptly.
Insurance companies have refused to cover MERS cases. Abdul Kareem Al-Tamimi, a member of the health insurance committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said international organizations have classified MERS as an infectious disease.
“Insurance companies deal with infectious diseases like natural calamities and will not cover them,” he said. “The cost of health insurance is expected to reach SR15 billion this year, a five-percent increase since 2013. Several service providers will incur losses.”
However, an insurance specialist, who requested anonymity, told Arab News that insurance companies could cover MERS cases in coordination with the ministry and reclaim the extra costs incurred from the government.
“Epidemic cases are generally covered by the government since it will take measures to prevent the spread of the disease,” he said.
The Kingdom has reported 194 cases of MERS since September 2012, with the death toll reaching 69 on Monday.


Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

Updated 29 October 2020

Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

  • The foreign ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism
  • The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned an attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice that killed three people on Thursday.
The Kingdom’s foreign ministry expressed its categorical rejection of the extremist attack in Notre Dame Basilica and others like it, and said that they are inconsistent with all religions, human beliefs and instincts. 
The ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism.
The ministry also expressed its condolences to the families of victims and the French government and public, wishing those injured a speedy recovery. 
The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime.”
The MWL added that Islam is innocent of such attacks and considers them “ugly crimes” that are a product of terrorist ideologies.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also condemned the attack and said it rejects extremism and terrorism in all shapes and forms regardless of motives.

The Council of Senior Scholars condemned the Nice Attack and said it is the duty of people to practice tolerance and constructive cooperation in the world. 

It added that Islam places utmost importance on protecting civilians.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt also condemned the attack.