Saudi Arabia using electronic bracelets to battle COVID-19

A Saudi volunteer supervisor wearing a protective face mask and gloves checks the temperature of another volunteer before preparing boxes of Iftar meals provided by a charity organization following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the holy month of Ramadan, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 10, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 22 May 2020

Saudi Arabia using electronic bracelets to battle COVID-19

  • The overall death toll from the coronavirus in the Kingdom is now 351

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has begun using electronic bracelets with contact-tracing and social-distancing alerts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Health Ministry confirmed on Thursday.

“It’s not just to monitor and follow up on infected individuals, but to provide further services to reassure citizens and residents,” said the ministry’s spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly.

The number of people getting polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests is also on the rise, with 14,980 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 tests to 633,064.

The Kingdom recorded 2,532 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday — 39 percent of them Saudis — bringing the total number of cases to 65,077. 

Of the new cases, 714 were recorded in Riyadh, 390 in Jeddah, 299 in Makkah, 193 in Madinah.

There are currently 28,686 active cases, with 281 in critical condition.

Al-Abd Al-Aly said 2,562 more patients have recovered from the disease, taking the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 36,040.

The ministry reported 12 new deaths, raising the toll to 351. Of the latest fatalities, one was Saudi and 11 were expats of several nationalities, aged 45-87. Most of them suffered from chronic diseases.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources announced that it has supported six local factories that help produce 5 million face masks every week.

In addition, 60 new factories were dedicated to producing 3.6 million hand sanitizers per week.

Regarding the virus outbreak in the Dammam Second Industrial City, the spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, Jarah Al-Jarah, said: “From day one, the ministry formed a team working 24/7 to contain the situation and the spread.” 

He added: “In collaboration with the Health Ministry, a field hospital with 200 beds is now operational in the area, along with a 10,000-square-meter temporary housing for employees.”

Currently there are 163,894 volunteers registered at the ministry’s health volunteering platform established at the beginning of the pandemic; 72,000 of the registered volunteers are ready to work when needed after completing the compulsory training program while more than 19,000 are active volunteers.

Volunteering included working in hospitals and the ministry’s quarantine areas, offering medical consultations, participating in screening and epidemiological investigations and working at emergency and ambulance units, in addition to many other public health services.

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