Saudi employers, staff urged to follow coronavirus health and safety guidelines

A Saudi man pulls a cart loaded with potatoes in Qatif, Saudi Arabia Mar. 9, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 12 March 2020

Saudi employers, staff urged to follow coronavirus health and safety guidelines

  • Anyone returning to Saudi Arabia from countries with cases of coronavirus infection should be avoided for 14 days
  • Regular sterilization of frequent-use surfaces such as fingerprint machines, photocopiers, doors, and keyboards has also been recommended

RIYADH: Saudi employers and staff have been urged to stick to workplace health guidelines and safety measures to limit the spread of the killer coronavirus.
The Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has stressed the vital need for government authorities and workers to follow instructions on how to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
Officials highlighted compliance with the Ministry of Health’s directions for avoiding infection and the importance of reporting any cases of the virus to the ministry’s call center on 937.
Anyone returning to Saudi Arabia from countries with cases of coronavirus infection should be avoided for 14 days.
Regular sterilization of frequent-use surfaces such as fingerprint machines, photocopiers, doors, and keyboards has also been recommended along with the need to provide hand sanitizers, and masks for employees suffering from symptoms such as a runny nose or cough.
Ministerial advice called for the use of visual communication systems in place of workshops, meetings and training courses and, wherever possible, remote working.
It stated that workers should be encouraged to consult a health care professional as soon as possible after experiencing coughing, fever, or symptoms of the common cold.
Employers or government bodies should ask staff suspected of having contracted the virus to disclose it and consult a physician for reassurance or, if necessary, sick leave.
As well as the provision of hand sanitizers in workplaces, individuals have been told to wash their hands regularly, avoid shaking hands, and keep a minimum of 1 meter away from other people in the working environment.


Houthi missile injures three women in Saudi Arabia

Updated 45 min 6 sec ago

Houthi missile injures three women in Saudi Arabia

  • Three women have suffered minor injuries after a house was damaged by the projectile

RIYADH: Three women were wounded by a Houthi attack towards a town in the Saudi border region of Jazan, the Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday. 
Spokesman for the Civil Defense in Jazan, Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, said the center received a report claiming that military missile was launched towards a town located near the border in Jazan.
Three women have suffered minor injuries and one house was damaged due to the missile. 
The women were transferred to a hospital and their health condition is stable.