More than a million people benefit from mass COVID-19 testing in Saudi Arabia

Field trips are being carried out to enforce control over the spread of the virus in the Kingdom, where there are a total of 18,811 cases. (File/SPA)
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Updated 28 April 2020

More than a million people benefit from mass COVID-19 testing in Saudi Arabia

  • Field trips are being carried out to enforce control over the spread of the virus in the Kingdom
  • Of the 1,289 new cases recorded on Monday, 16 percent were Saudi and 84 percent were expats

JEDDAH: More than a million people in Saudi Arabia have benefited from mass COVID-19 testing since the initiative was launched more than two weeks ago, a Ministry of Health spokesman said on Monday.

Field trips are being carried out to enforce control over the spread of the virus in the Kingdom, where there are a total of 18,811 cases.

Of the 1,289 new cases recorded on Monday, 16 percent were Saudi and 84 percent were expats. There are 16,136 active cases, 117 of which are in critical care.

The launch day of the mass screening helped to detect 400 cases earlier this month.

“Over a million people have benefited from the mass testing being conducted, whether it is through medical tests or medical evaluations and active testing,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly. “This has helped detect certain areas that may have a high count of cases, and these are targeted via mass testing depending on whether or not they test positive.”

Al-Aly said there were 174 new recovered cases taking the total number of recoveries to 2,531, while five new deaths had been reported, raising the death toll to 144.

Two Saudis, a woman and man in Makkah, and three expats between the ages of 43 to 82 died. They all suffered from chronic diseases.

Al-Abd Al-Aly reminded people to continue following regulations by maintaining hand hygiene, practice social distancing and to stay inside. 

He warned against believing anything that was sourced to the ministry but did not appear on any of its official platforms, reminding people that anything official would be announced there and not through WhatsApp groups or via a third party.


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

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280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.