Swine flu, MERS kill two women

Updated 26 May 2014

Swine flu, MERS kill two women

A nursing college student has died in the Eastern Province after contracting the swine flu (H1N1) virus, said the region’s Health Affairs Directorate.
Her death is the first caused by the virus in two years.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced one MERS death and four infections on Saturday, adding that two patients have recovered. The victim was a 40-year-old woman, who was admitted to a hospital in Riyadh on May 8. The infections were in Riyadh, Madinah and Qunfuda.
An infectious disease consultant, who spoke on condition of anonymity, ruled out the possibility that the female student’s death implies the reappearance of the H1N1.
“It is still too early to draw conclusions on such a case before examining the details,” said the source.
“While the student tested negative for the coronavirus, her tests came back positive for the H1N1 virus,” the directorate said.
“The student had already been hospitalized at the King Fahd Military Medical Complex after she became critical after failing to respond to treatment.”


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.