Saudi Arabia completes 180,000 coronavirus tests

The total laboratory tests taken to detect the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have increased to more than 180,000 tests so far in the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Updated 19 April 2020

Saudi Arabia completes 180,000 coronavirus tests

  • A total of 1,088 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Kingdom on Sunday, with the total number of cases reaching 9,362
  • 892 of those cases were discovered through mass testing activities in over-populated neighborhoods

JEDDAH: The total laboratory tests taken to detect the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have increased to more than 180,000 tests so far in the Kingdom.
Tests were carried out at the Ministry of Health’s laboratories and other leading institutions throughout the Kingdom.
“We adopt COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in which the virus is discovered with high accuracy,” said ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly.
Al-Aly invited hospitals in the private sector with the capability to conducts PCR tests to cooperate with the ministry’s testing efforts.
A total of 1,088 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Kingdom on Sunday, with the total number of cases reaching 9,362.
Of the new cases, 82 percent are expats and 17 percent are Saudi; 892 were discovered through mass testing activities in over-populated neighborhoods.
“Within only two days, the number of cases discovered through mass testing increased from 50 percent of total cases to 82 percent, which indicates the importance of these activities in eliminating the disease spread and discovering cases at an early stage,” said Al-Aly.
He added that the duration of testing surveys in targeted neighborhoods ranges from days to weeks according to the population density, the number of housing units, effective interaction and the number of cases discovered in that area.
There are currently 7,867 active cases, 93 of them critical.  Sixty-nine new recoveries took the total number of recoveries to 1,398, while five new deaths had been reported, raising the death toll to 97.
The latest fatalities were all expats. Four lived in Makkah, the other in Jeddah. They were aged between 37 and 64.
Updates about COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia are available at http://covid19.moh.gov.sa
Meanwhile, the Saudi Public Security has added an online service of movement permits within the region and between the country’s governorates, as well as moving between different neighborhoods within cities for people with exceptional circumstances.
The service will available at the following link http://tanaqul.ecloud.sa in all of the Kingdom’s regions except Makkah and Madinah.


Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Updated 19 October 2020

Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage

JEDDAH: Splashes of pink are appearing in Saudi Arabia’s public spaces to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening.
A number of campaigns are underway this month to support this outreach — in malls, on the street and on billboards.
Pamphlets are being handed out, videos and interactive pictures are on display, there are fundraising activities such as hiking and biking, and medical students have been talking to shoppers and passers-by as part of efforts to increase people’s knowledge.
In Jeddah there was a Tai Chi class on the city’s waterfront, headed by Amatallah Bahaziq, that was attended by female members of Bliss Runners and Bolts. Another event was a bike ride organized by Jeddah Cyclists that included men and women.
A number of major cities across the Kingdom have also seen pop-up campaigns, with specialists ready to answer questions and play a proactive role in spreading proper knowledge and information about the disease, its detection and the chances of survival when detected early.

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According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.

The Zahra Breast Cancer Association is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading organizations dedicated to raising awareness about the disease. It has been supporting cancer patients and survivors and normalizing conversations about breast cancer among the community, with a renewed emphasis during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Given the circumstances (due to the pandemic) we focused our efforts to raise awareness to the importance of early detection virtually,” a representative from the association told Arab News. “With billboards and visuals spread across Saudi cities, we’re still following through with our campaign promise to raise awareness each year and send the message across: Early detection will save your life.”
According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.