Saudi security patrols begin in Al-Arda district in Jazan

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Updated 27 June 2019

Saudi security patrols begin in Al-Arda district in Jazan

DUBAI: On the directives of the Saudi Minister of Interior, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, the Ministry’s Undersecretary for Security Forces Affairs, Maj. Gen. Dr. Fahd bin Saeed Al-Qahtani inaugurated the launching of security patrols in Jazan’s Al-Aridah Province.

“This move comes as a continuation of the efforts exerted by King Salman’s Government and his by his Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman to ensure the safety and security of citizens and residents,” Al-Qahtani said, noting that “this is in accordance with the plan adopted by the Minister of Interior to strengthen security efforts in border areas with specialized forces characterized by a good knowledge of the region’s terrains to help thwart any drug of weapons smuggling attempts and cross-border infiltration attempts.”


Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

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Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

  • The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health

JEDDAH: Pregnant women have been told to take special care in following precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saudi Ministry of Health has cautioned, as they are thought to be particularly at risk from complications.

The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health. The ministry has reiterated the importance of practicing hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing to limit the spread of the virus and wearing a mask in public at all times, especially in areas where it's hard to observe social distancing.

The ministry announced a total of 3,036 new cases of in the Kingdom on Wednesday, bringing to 220,144 the number of people in Saudi Arabia have now contracted the disease.

There were 60,035 active cases, 2,263 of them critical.

37 percent of the newly announced cases are female, 63 percent are male. Of those infected, 86 percent were adults of working age, 5 percent were over 65 and 9 percent were children.

3,211 new recovered cases have been announced, taking the total number of recoveries to 158,050, while 42 new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 2,059.

The ministry urges everyone to use the self-assessment service in the “Mawid” application or to visit Tataman clinics that have been set up by the ministry for those who feel they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms; there are 237 such clinics.

It also recommends calling 937, its central operator, for consultations and inquiries around the clock.