Madinah health campaign benefits 60,000 people

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Updated 30 May 2020

Madinah health campaign benefits 60,000 people

  • The spokesman emphasized the importance of avoiding gatherings and shaking hands, the need to wear masks, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with tissues or the elbow

MADINAH: A health awareness campaign in Madinah has benefited more than 60,000 people, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The General Directorate of Health Affairs in Madinah completed the campaign — under the slogan “We Return with Caution” — to raise awareness among people in public areas such as markets and squares since the coronavirus curfew’s end on Thursday.
Madinah health affairs spokesman, Moayad Abu Unq, said that 12 teams and 24 groups had worked to implement social distancing and encourage businesses to uphold other preventive measures.

These measures include checking shoppers’ temperatures, in addition to ensuring that at every entrance they are wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and wearing gloves.

The spokesman said that malls used audio and video broadcasts to raise awareness among shoppers, and that teams observed many shoppers complying with instructions.

He said there would be a positive impact on controlling the spread of coronavirus because of people’s cooperation. This factor played the greatest role in combating the spread of the disease because people were adhering to preventive measures in order to protect their health, he added.

The spokesman emphasized the importance of avoiding gatherings and shaking hands, the need to wear masks, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with tissues or the elbow, avoiding touching the face, and maintaining a safe distance between people.


Saudi Arabia reopens its land borders with UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain

Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi Arabia reopens its land borders with UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain

  • Commercial traffic flows unhindered as measures to curb spread of virus eased and normality returns

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s land borders with the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain will reopen after a four-month closure as the Kingdom eases the pandemic’s restrictions and economic activity returns to normal.

Commercial trucks carrying goods for the Kingdom will also be allowed to enter through land ports from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states following a circular issued by Saudi Customs.

On March 7, the Kingdom announced that land border crossings with the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain would be limited to commercial trucks as part of the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile Saudi Customs officials are taking the lead in identifying air travelers harboring COVID-19 by employing specially trained sniffer dogs.

On March 7, the Kingdom announced that land border crossings with the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain would be limited to commercial trucks as part of the government’s efforts to contain the virus spread.

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 virus.

Saudi health authorities recorded 1,342 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the total number in the Kingdom to 281,435. The death toll rose by 35 to 2,984

Of the latest cases, 97 were 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.