Saudi disease control center starts coronavirus study

The study would help to locate cases of COVID-19 infection and track the spread of the disease inside the Kingdom. (AFP)
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Updated 19 March 2020

Saudi disease control center starts coronavirus study

RIYADH: The Saudi National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Weqaya) has announced the start of a study into the new coronavirus using the “next generation” of genetic sequencing techniques.

The center said that the work, to be carried out in its laboratories, would help to locate cases of COVID-19 infection and track the spread of the disease inside the Kingdom.

Weqaya aims to prevent and control infectious and non-communicable diseases, injuries and other health threats, while monitoring, measuring and evaluating population health and risks to the Kingdom.

It also puts in place policies and programs, provides innovative public health solutions based on scientific evidence, and works as a reference body for public health initiatives.


Saudi Arabia: Requests from 160 nationalities have been screened to select Hajj pilgrims

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Saudi Arabia: Requests from 160 nationalities have been screened to select Hajj pilgrims

  • Of the pilgrims who will receive approval, 70 percent will be non-Saudis and 30 percent will be Saudi citizens
  • The requests were sorted in accordance with high standards that will ensure the safety and health of pilgrims

RIYADH: Requests from people of 160 nationalities in the Kingdom have been screened electronically to select who will perform Hajj this year, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Sunday.

The requests were sorted in accordance with high standards that will ensure the safety and good health of pilgrims.

The deadline for all applications was July 10 and the main criterion for selection is good health.

Of the pilgrims who will receive approval, 70 percent will be non-Saudis residing in the Kingdom and the remaining 30 percent will be Saudi citizens.