Follow all COVID-19 preventive measures without compromise, gov urges citizens in Northern Borders Region

Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, governor of the Northern Borders Region, reviews efforts to prevent spread of the pandemic in the region. (SPA)
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Updated 26 March 2020

Follow all COVID-19 preventive measures without compromise, gov urges citizens in Northern Borders Region

ARAR: Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, governor of the Northern Borders Region, met on Wednesday through video conferencing with the director-general of health affairs in the region, Abdullah bin Walman Al-Azmi.

During the meeting, Prince Faisal was briefed on the preventive and treatment efforts of the Northern Borders Health Affairs Directorate to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) under all circumstances.

Prince Faisal was also briefed on the quantity and quality of the workforce, the readiness of medical, administrative and logistical staff, and rapid intervention for emergencies.

He highlighted that the emergence of lab results confirming two cases of COVID-19 in the city of Arar required applying an epidemiological investigation as per the highest scientific standards. He called for the urgent identification of everyone who had been in contact with the cases so that the Center for Disease Prevention and Control could collect samples to run the necessary tests.

He urged all citizens and residents to exercise caution and care, implement all preventive measures without compromise, contact health care services without delay if COVID-19 symptoms are suspected, and report any negligent suspected cases.

Prince Faisal stressed that social distancing is the most effective weapon to eliminate COVID-19, emphasizing his confidence in all citizens and residents to be responsible towards themselves, their families, their community, and the country.

The prince was also reassured during the video conference about the Health Affairs’ Command and Control Center, which is responsible for monitoring the 11 hospitals in the region and ensuring that firm measures are in place to reduce the spread of the virus and mitigate its effects.

Prince Faisal praised the efforts of the health authorities in the region to contain the virus and reduce its impact.

 

 

 


Saudi Arabia to extend visa validity for expats

Updated 08 April 2020

Saudi Arabia to extend visa validity for expats

  • The extension will continue for an additional three months for expats

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports will extend the validity of exit and return visas – that expire between Feb. 25 until May 24 of 2020 – at no charge, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.
The extension will continue for an additional three months for expats. The decision will cover residents of commercial and industrial professions in the Kingdom and those whose visas have not been used during the suspension of the entry and exit period.
The General Directorate of Passports said that the extension will be done automatically from the system without reviewing the passports.
People can enter their accounts on the “Absher” platform to view the service provided to them electronically, it added.