Electronic ID tracking system for accident victims, e-guidance system for pilgrims launched in Makkah

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A member of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scout Association shows to pilgrims how to use the group's electronic guidance system on their cellphones. (SPA)
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Members of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scout Association show to pilgrims how to use the group's electronic guidance system on their cellphones. (SPA)
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A member of the Saudi Arabian Boy Scout Association shows to a pilgrim how to use the group's electronic guidance system on their cellphones. (SPA)
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A pilgrim gets directions from a guidance system at a Saudi Arabian Boy Scout Association station in Makkah on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2018 (SPA)
Updated 21 August 2018

Electronic ID tracking system for accident victims, e-guidance system for pilgrims launched in Makkah

JEDDAH: The assistant minister for operational affairs at the Interior Ministry inaugurated in Mina on Sunday an electronic identification tracking system for victims of accidents and disasters.

Gen. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani opened an identification technicians’ workshop attended by those participating in this year’s Hajj season. 

During the workshop, forensic experts and officials explained in detail the forensic forces’ duties in the holy places, and in case of an accident or disaster.

They also explained how the new tracking system functions, with each victim being given a serial number and barcode. Their pictures and fingerprints are then taken and linked to all Interior Ministry databases.

Al-Qahtani thanked the interior minister for his constant support of the public security forces, and praised forensic teams’ efforts to develop and train their personnel.

Also on Sunday, the Saudi Arabian Boy Scout Association showcased its electronic guidance system that it provides through its public service camps in Makkah and the holy sites.

The e-guidance program, which benefits the pilgrim or any other person through smart devices, enters any information available to him such as the name of the institution or the office number.

The application, which is available on the website of the association, will specify an electronic path for the Hajj or the information seeker. The application includes all the data of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Offices and campaigns related to pilgrims.
 

 

 


Iran records highest COVID-19 cases in over month

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Iran records highest COVID-19 cases in over month

  • Latest count takes the total cases identified in Iran since late February to 314,786
  • Iran made wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces
TEHRAN: Iran confirmed Tuesday over 2,700 new COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day count in more than a month, as the health ministry called for those without masks to be fined.
Deaths and infections from the novel coronavirus have been on a rising trajectory in the Islamic republic since hitting a months-long low in May.
This has prompted Iran to make wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces and reimpose restrictions lifted gradually since April to reopen the economy.
Despite the rule, people without masks can still be seen inside the capitals’ shops and banks, and state television often criticizes them for doing so.
“In the past 24 hours, new confirmed cases were reported to be 2,751,” health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said in televised remarks.
The number is the highest since June 5, when the ministry reported 2,886 infections in one day.
The latest count takes the total cases identified in Iran since late February to 314,786, Lari added.
Another 212 people died from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the overall toll to 17,617.
Iran’s deputy health minister called for those who fail to obey the mask rules to be fined, as the only penalty currently in place is the refusal of service in public places.
“Deterrent methods must naturally be used, one of which is fining those not wearing masks,” ISNA news agency quoted Iraj Harirchi as saying.
But those “financially unable to buy masks must be exempted,” he added, without elaborating how that could be determined.
Iran has suffered a sharp economic downturn since US President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark nuclear agreement in 2018 and reimposed crippling sanctions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation.
It has seen a drop in non-oil exports compounded by a tumbling currency and runaway inflation, piling new pressure on those already dependent on government cash handouts.
Masks in Iran cost from about 15 US cents for simple surgical ones to 68 cents for multilayered ones with respirators, while the minimum wage is currently $2.60 per day.