Saudi heath ministry reports 12 new coronavirus deaths

A Saudi woman shops at a store at the Panorama Mall in the capital Riyadh on May 22, 2020, as Muslims prepare to celebrate the upcoming Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (AFP)
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Updated 27 May 2020

Saudi heath ministry reports 12 new coronavirus deaths

  • The new cases have raised the total number to 76,726
  • The ministry urged people to respect social distancing

JEDDAH: Twelve new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths were recorded in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, raising the overall toll to 411.

The latest fatalities, announced by the Ministry of Health, involved three Saudis and nine expats, aged between 45 and 76, from Makkah, Taif, Madinah, Jeddah, and Dammam. All of them suffered from chronic diseases.

Ministry spokesman, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, said another 1,931 COVID-19 cases were reported in the Kingdom, bringing the total number to 76,726, of which 27,865 were active cases and 397 of them were in critical condition.

Al-Aly said that active cases had dropped while there had been 2,782 new recoveries, taking the total number of recovered cases to 48,450.

He added that 16,664 new screening tests had been conducted, taking the total number of tests in the Kingdom to 738,743.


Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

Saudi Health Ministry officials distribute roses to people following precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus. (Supplied)
Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi customs train dogs to sniff out infected air travelers

  • 1,983 critical cases reported, death toll reaches 2,984

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — by using specially trained sniffer dogs.

The canine virus detectors are being drafted in at airports throughout the Kingdom to help pick up the scent of infected passengers.
Following the resumption of international flights, customs staff in Saudi Arabia are to use the animals as part of their efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The customs authority, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been training Jack Russell terriers and other breeds to recognize the odor of COVID-19.
“The training has been 80 percent successful,” said Mohammed Al-Salloum, director of the National Center for Living Means at Saudi Customs, adding that final preparations were being put in place for the dog teams to start work in airport terminals throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435.
Of the latest cases, 97 were recorded in Riyadh, 56 in Makkah, 53 in Madinah and Hafr Al-Batin, and 51 in Dammam, with 40 percent of them women. There were 34,763 active cases, with most patients in a stable condition, and 1,983 critical.
The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 increased to 243,688 with 1,635 of those being in the latest 24-hour period. The Kingdom reported 35 new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the overall toll to 2,984.
The ministry said it had carried out 54,325 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests over 24 hours taking the total number of checks conducted since the outbreak to 3,528,040.