Saudi Arabia continues humanitarian efforts in various Yemeni provinces 

KSRelief has implemented a number of social programs and activities within its Seed of Safety Project. (SPA)
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Updated 10 May 2020

Saudi Arabia continues humanitarian efforts in various Yemeni provinces 

  • KSRelief has implemented a number of social programs and activities within its Seed of Safety Project, benefiting 600 orphans in several cities

HADRAMOUT: As part of the humanitarian and relief aid provided by Saudi Arabia to the people of Yemen, a number of initiatives have been launched by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
In coordination with the World Health Organization, the Polymerase Chain Reaction unit at the National Center for Central Public Health Laboratories in Seiyun in Hadramout province has been inaugurated to help expedite mass testing and diagnosis of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), negating the need to send samples outside the province.
The director of the center, Dr. Nabil Baibad, said the unit included four main rooms fully equipped with qualified laboratory staff, and that it would continue financing the emergency response project for hygiene and environmental sanitation across the directorates of Aden, in cooperation with the Yadan Bi Yad (Hand in Hand) Association.
In the city of Aden, KSRelief has provided the Cleaning and Improvement of Aden City Fund cleaning supplies and 112 dumpsters to be distributed across the city for the safe disposal of garbage.
The director of the Yadan Bi Yad Association, Warda Al-Sayed, called for more efforts to improve the governorate’s current health and environmental situation, and praised the cooperation of relevant authorities to ensure the success of the project’s activities, especially the support and follow-up of KSRelief.
During the holy month of Ramadan, KSRelief has implemented a number of social programs and activities within its Seed of Safety Project, benefiting 600 orphans in several cities.
Fahmi bin Mansour, executive director of Al-Khair Coalition for Humanitarian Relief, said that during the holy month of Ramadan, many initiatives had been implemented to promote solidarity, including the Taftir Program, providing food baskets and conducting inspections of orphanages as well as spreading awareness on how to deal with the threat of COVID-19 and prevent its spread.


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.