JEDDAH: Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly revealed on Sunday that more than 500,000 people have visited Tetamman clinics and Takkad (make sure) centers to test for COVID-19.
Takkad centers are designated for those who do not have symptoms, or who have mild symptoms, and believe that they might have came into contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
The clinics are also dedicated to helping individuals with COVID-19 symptoms such as sore throat, fever, shortness of breath and coughing.
“These are proactive measures to detect the infection and treat it at the earliest,” the spokesman said.
“The individual will isolate themselves for the needed period to protect themselves and protect those around them.”
Patients can visit the centers without appointments if they suspect they have an infection.
About 235 clinics are distributed in various cities across the Kingdom, where they have provided services to 208,000 beneficiaries so far, according to the MOH.
The centers provide a COVID-19 testing service after booking appointments via the Sehaty app. So far, the beneficiaries of Takkad centers have totaled 357,000.
The spokesman said at Sunday’s press conference that epidemiological analysis over the past two weeks showed that critical cases fluctuated between 2,000 to 2,500.
“The number of critical cases increased to almost 1 percent, from last week until now. Two-thirds of admitted patient cases are chronic illnesses other than COVID-19, half of the number of admitted patients are elderly and most critical cases are reaching the final stages of recovery and are responding to treatment,” Al-Aly said.
The Kingdom recorded a total of 3,580 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, meaning 209,509 people in Saudi Arabia have now contracted the disease. There were 62,357 active cases, 2,283 of them critical.
Al-Aly announced 1,980 new recovered cases, taking the total number of recoveries to 145,236 while 58 new deaths had been reported, raising the death toll to 1,916.