How to protect against coronavirus and reduce spreading it

Saudi medical staff carry out tests on people entering the Kingdom via a land border. (Saudi Health Ministry)
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Updated 24 March 2020

How to protect against coronavirus and reduce spreading it

  • Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health has issued guidelines on dealing with the coronavirus

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia enters a period of night time curfew to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. Here is a reminder of some of the key advice from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health to help slow the spread of the disease.

The advice can also be found HERE in seven different languages.

More information can also be found on the ministry’s Mawid app.

Wash your hands

*The universal and most widespread advice. People should wash their hands often with soap and water.

*The health ministry said key times when they should be washed are before, after and during preparation of food, before eating, after coughing and sneezing, and before and after taking care of an infected person.

*Hands should be washed with soap for 40 seconds or with alcohol-based hand sanitisers for 20 seconds.

Here is a video on the recommended technique: 

Sneezing etiquette

*Use tissues when sneezing or cover your mouth and nose with your elbow.

*Dispose of your used tissue in a rubbish bin

*Wash your hands after sneezing

Masks

Face masks should not be worn unless you are suffering from respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and coughing OR if you are in direct contact with someone who has respiratory symptoms.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms

*Wear a mask

*Call 937

*Follow directions from the advisor to the nearest hospital 

 

 

Home quarantine procedures

*Follow above guidelines with regards to sneezing and coughing and washing your hands.

*Stay home in a room and stay away from others as much as possible.

*Get help from those around you to take care of you.

*Avoid traveling and public places.

*Avoid receiving visitors at home

*When communicating with others wear a mask outside the house and when talking to others

*Follow these procedures for 14 days to reduce the spread of the infection


Coalition hits military targets in Yemen in response to Riyadh missile attack

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Coalition hits military targets in Yemen in response to Riyadh missile attack

  • The raids were in response to a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital and another city at the weekend
  • Operation aimed to 'neutralize and destroy legitimate military targets'

RIYADH: The Arab Coalition fighting to restore Yemen’s government carried out a series of airstrikes in Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen on Monday.

The raids were in response to a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital and another city at the weekend.

The coalition said the operation aimed to “neutralize and destroy legitimate military targets of the terrorist Houthi militia” and to “confront ongoing and imminent threats.”

“The targets that were destroyed include advanced capabilities of the terrorist militia, storage, assembly and installation sites of ballistic missiles and UAVs, locations of (Iran’s) Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) experts, and weapons depots,” coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.

He added that the targets were spread across the Houthi controlled territory in the north of Yemen, including the port city of Hodeidah, which has become the main flashpoint of the conflict.

Al-Malki added that Iran’s support of the Houthis showed the regime stands with “destruction and aggression” while the rest of the world is unifying to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Two civilians suffered minor injuries from falling debris after Saudi air defense intercepted and destroyed the missiles over Riyadh and Jazan late on Saturday night.

The attack received global condemnation, including from the UAE, UK and US.