Saudi woman with COVID-19 gives birth while on support machine

Saudi Arabia announced 36 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,389 new cases of the disease on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Updated 06 August 2020

Saudi woman with COVID-19 gives birth while on support machine

  • Health Ministry records 1,389 new cases, death toll reaches 3,020
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 245,314

JEDDAH: A Saudi woman with coronavirus gave birth to a healthy baby while on heart and lung support in a Madinah hospital, the Saudi Press Agency said on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old woman was placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine during the delivery at Uhud Hospital.

An ECMO machine acts as a pump to circulate the patient’s blood through an artificial lung.

The procedure was supported by the Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Hospital Group and supervised by a medical team from King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah.

Moayad Abu Unq, Madinah’s health affairs spokesman, said that both the mother and baby are receiving medical care.

“The baby is in a completely stable position and both cases are under the supervision of an integrated medical team from the region’s health affairs,” he added.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia announced 36 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,389 new confirmed cases on Wednesday.

Of the new cases, 109 were recorded in the capital Riyadh, 106 in Makkah, 53 in Jazan and 49 in Jeddah.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom rose to 245,314 after 1,626 more patients recovered from the virus over the past 24 hours.

A total of 3,020 people have died from the virus in the Kingdom.

People experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment service on its Mawid app or visit one of the Tetamman clinics based in 237 locations around the country.

The clinics’ screening services are available to individuals with no or mild symptoms, and people who might have come into contact with an infected person. Appointments can be booked through the Sehaty app.

Tetamman clinics are now also located in some primary healthcare centers and vehicle pathway centers and will soon be present in all regions of the Kingdom.

People can also call the ministry’s 24-hour consultations and inquiries center on 937 or use its interactive WhatsApp service by texting the number 920005937.


Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel. (SPA)
Updated 27 September 2020

Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

  • In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports on Saturday announced requirements for the issue of travel permits for groups exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions. Travel permits will be issued through the Absher e-services platform.
The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.
This group can obtain travel permits if the official mission cannot be performed remotely and has a deadline that cannot be postponed, provided participation is kept to a minimum.
Documents required for the first group include an official letter from the entity’s senior official, in addition to the names of those who wish to travel and their mission, its location, duration and evidence that the previous conditions are met.
The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.

• The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

• The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents.

Citizens who wish to be reunited with their families abroad must provide proof of relationship (spouse, parent, etc.) for the family member residing abroad, proof of residency in the country to which the other party wishes to travel, and proof of the children’s study location abroad if there are children of school age. The last should be certified by the Ministry of Education or one of the Kingdom’s representations in the destination country.
In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship.
The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents. These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel (a document or an instrument that they own a property or have a valid lease contract prior to the issuance of these measures).
They must also submit a valid residence card (permanent or semi-permanent) in the country to which the travel is requested and proof that the applicant had spent at least six months in the destination country during the past three years.