Saudi Arabia announces 48 new coronavirus cases as total reaches 392

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health announced 48 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday. (Reuters)
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Updated 21 March 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 48 new coronavirus cases as total reaches 392

  • Eight new recoveries were announced, meaning 16 people in Saudi Arabia have recovered from the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health announced 48 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 392. 

Also on Saturday, eight new recoveries were announced, meaning 16 people in Saudi Arabia have recovered from the virus.

The ministry urged all citizens and residents to follow all the guidelines and directives designed to limit the spread of the virus. Important precautionary measures to protect individuals and the wider community include avoiding shaking hands with people, washing your hands frequently and avoiding contact with groups of people.

Saudi Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said that all social gatherings, even if they are at home, are dangerous and should be avoided. 

Saudi Arabia announced 70 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, eleven of the whom were identified as they flew back to the Kingdom from Morocco, India, Jordan, the Philippines, The UK, the UAE and Switzerland. They were taken directly from the airports they arrived at to hospitals where they were placed in quarantine.

Anyone concerned about the virus, or who wants more information about it and precautions that can be taken, can contact the ministry’s service center on the toll-free number, 937. Only official sources can be relied on to provide accurate information, the ministry added.
 


Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

Saudi Health Ministry officials distribute roses to people following precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus. (Supplied)
Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

  • 1,983 critical cases reported, death toll reaches 2,984

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — by using specially trained sniffer dogs.

The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers.
Following the resumption of international flights, customs staff in Saudi Arabia are to use the animals as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The customs authority, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been training Jack Russell terriers and other breeds to recognize the odor of COVID-19.
“The training has been 80 percent successful,” said Mohammed Al-Salloum, director of the National Center for Living Means at Saudi Customs, adding that final preparations were being put in place for the dog teams to start work in airport terminals throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435.
Of the latest cases, 97 were recorded in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women. There were 34,763 active cases, with most patients in a stable condition, and 1,983 critical.
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 243,688 with 1,635 of those being in the latest 24-hour period. The Kingdom reported 35 new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the overall toll to 2,984.
The ministry said it had carried out 54,325 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests over 24 hours taking the total number of checks conducted since the outbreak to 3,528,040.