Organization of Islamic Cooperation to pursue response campaign until virus contained

The OIC on Monday underlined that it has mobilized all its resources to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (SPA)
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Updated 19 May 2020

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to pursue response campaign until virus contained

RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday said all its institutions are working in different sectors to help overcome the problems caused due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The OIC General Secretariat emphasized that it will pursue its response campaign until the virus is contained, and will continue to support the overall efforts to cushion the impact of the pandemic on member states.

The organization has also launched a campaign on social media to raise awareness about the virus and to highlight its efforts during the health crisis.

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen has also approved an initiative launched by the Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISF) to defeat the pandemic. The ISF has dedicated a fund to help member states, especially those that are the least developed, battle the coronavirus.

Regarding the health impacts of the pandemic, the OIC in coordination with the UAE, which assumes the chairmanship of the 7th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers, held an extraordinary virtual ministerial meeting of the OIC Steering Health Committee. 

A key recommendation of the joint statement issued was the need to increase and accelerate the transparent exchange of information on the pandemic.


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.