Saudi ministry targets face mask price violations

Police officers intensify their efforts and monitor the flow of vehicles on highways after the government eased lockdown restrictions in the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi ministry targets face mask price violations

  • KSA reports 1,975 new virus cases, 806 recoveries, 32 deaths on Thursday

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment found 825 price violations on face masks in some retail stores on Thursday, according to spokesman Abdul Rahman Al-Hussein.

The ministry’s inspection teams fined businesses that inflated the price of face masks amid increasing demand for health and hygiene products over coronavirus fears.

Inspectors also confiscated 22 million face masks that were to be sold illegally in the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, a source at the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday that expats who intentionally violate the precautionary measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) will be deported and barred from re-entering the Kingdom.

Violations include: Not using medical or cloth face masks and covering the nose and mouth; not adhering to social distancing; refusing temperature checks on entering public and private sector locations; and not adhering to the procedures adopted when the temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius.

The Kingdom recorded 32 new COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, raising the total to 611.

There were 1,975 new cases reported in the Kingdom, meaning 93,157 people have now contracted the disease. There are 23,581 active cases, 1,381 of them are in critical condition.

The Health Ministry announced that 806 more patients had recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 68,965.

Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 887,209 tests for COVID-19.

The ministry called upon people to continue washing their hands using soap and water, the basic preventive measure against the virus, as well as covering the nose and mouth with a face mask, medical or fabric, except for those in an enclosed space.

Anyone experiencing any of the symptoms of the virus — high fever, dry cough and breathing difficulties — is advised to use the “Mawid” app for self-evaluation, or call 937 for inquiries and consultations. The ministry has enabled callers to get reliable information on COVID-19 through an interactive chat with medical teams via WhatsApp on 920005937.


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.