No cases of coronavirus in Kingdom, says Health Ministry

No case of coronavirus has been detected in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
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Updated 11 February 2020

No cases of coronavirus in Kingdom, says Health Ministry

  • The Command and Control Center deals with public health emergencies in the Kingdom and works under the ministry’s supervision

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s Health Ministry on Tuesday said that no case of coronavirus had been detected in the country and that strict precautionary measures were in place to prevent its spread, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The ministry’s Command and Control Center (CCC) was following developments about the outbreak in China and was coordinating with authorities to address and deal with the global issue.

The CCC deals with public health emergencies in the Kingdom and works under the ministry’s supervision. It functions in cooperation with local and international specialists, and maintains partnerships with global organizations to ensure readiness and speed when facing public health threats.

It assesses and addresses risks before and as they happen by taking preventative measures, improving health infrastructure, training personnel, collecting the necessary resources, preparing work plans to be applied in case health threats occur, in addition to simulation training on action plans to face risks.

The center also performs epidemiological monitoring and monitors possible threats. It is the first to respond to public health threats, develop a specific action plan to address them, and monitor all responses to that threat.

Since the discovery of the virus in China, the CCC has taken several precautionary measures, implemented international health regulations for such cases, and fully coordinated with authorities to deal with the outbreak and address it. 

It has closely monitored the epidemiological situation by cooperating with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other available sources, coordinating with the Kingdom's General Authority of Civil Aviation to assess direct and indirect flights from and to China in order to provide information to people who may be traveling to areas where infections have been recorded, monitoring people arriving from these areas, examining them and following up with them to ensure their safety.

On Tuesday Reuters news agency reported that the coronavirus death toll in China had exceeded 1,000. There are now over 42,000 confirmed cases of the virus in China as well as 319 cases in 24 other countries, including one death, according to the WHO and Chinese health officials.
 


Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

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Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

  • Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said that changes can only be faced with global efforts to achieve the common goals of promoting peace, building cultural bridges between nations, and empowering societies to guarantee a better future.

Saudi Arabia recently participated in the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Council at the agency’s Paris headquarters. The Kingdom was represented at the session by Princess Haifa and a team of 26 Saudi experts from different sectors that have activities related to the scope of UNESCO’s work, such as education, culture, energy, environment, and training.

Princess Haifa said: “Despite our different cultures and languages, we share our belief that education is a right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future, and that innovation and science are the bridge that will pull us out of this pandemic the world today is living.”

She said that the Kingdom supported African countries and was ready to share its experiences in various UNESCO fields, in addition to supporting action plans related to developing islands as one of its priorities in exchanging experiences, especially since the Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of water desalination.

Reference was made to the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability through the G20 presidency, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises, the continuation of efforts to achieve climate adaptation worldwide, and solidarity with the members of the G20 in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member state of the UNESCO Executive Council, Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture. These will be evaluated and decided upon, and the executive decisions assigned to them will be voted on, in cooperation with the council’s member states.

The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.