SMS joins battle against MERS

Updated 24 May 2014

SMS joins battle against MERS

The Health Ministry sent out thousands of SMSes on Thursday as part of its awareness program to contain the spread of the MERS coronavirus, which has infected over 500 people in the Kingdom.
Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih launched a Kingdom-wide awareness campaign on the coronavirus in Jeddah earlier this month to empower the public with crucial up-to-date information on how to combat the deadly virus.
The campaign was launched by Fakeih in cooperation the WHO.
“The government is doing its best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but we need everyone’s help in implementing simple precautions to prevent its spread,” he said.
Meanwhile, the ministry reported seven new cases and one death from the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 177 since September 2012.
The new cases included four men.
There are four patients in Jeddah, one in Riyadh, one in Madinah and one in Qunfudah.
Only one of these patients, a 50-year-old female who developed respiratory symptoms on May 10, is at the intensive care unit of a government hospital in Jeddah, while the other patients are said to be stable, according to doctors.
A 22-year-old and 60-year-old man have been discharged from a Jeddah hospital after making a full recovery.


G20 trade and investment ministers discuss COVID-19 response under Saudi Arabia's presidency

Updated 22 September 2020

G20 trade and investment ministers discuss COVID-19 response under Saudi Arabia's presidency

RIYADH: The trade and investment ministers of the G20 nations met on Tuesday under the presidency of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Commerce Majid Al-Qasabi told the meeting that measures adopted by the G20 in May were "critical for sustaining the flow of essential goods and services across borders and limiting the human toll of the pandemic."

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia's minister of investment, said the collective G20 response to COVID-19 had started to deliver early signs of a "resilient, and stable economic recovery."