Saudi Health Ministry warns against video claiming COVID-19 cure

A Saudi national travelling into Bahrain gets a nose swab at an immigration checkpoint on the King Fahd Causeway that reopened after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were eased, at the Bahrain-Saudi border, Bahrain, September 15, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 15 September 2020

Saudi Health Ministry warns against video claiming COVID-19 cure

  • The new cases put the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 326,930

JEDDAH: People have been warned about a viral video from a Saudi doctor claiming to have found a cure for COVID-19.

The warning came from Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly after the doctor in the video said he had found the right medicine for COVID-19 using different herbal components. He also said that his medicine had been clinically tested on 100 critical cases after he was given permission to carry out the experiment.

“We would like to clarify that the Kingdom has specialized bodies and controls for research,” Al-Abd Al-Aly tweeted. “In case there are sound scientific results, the research passes through professional accreditation and scientific publication after their evaluation. We warn against any claim that violates the controls, and those who carry it will be held accountable according to the regulations.”

Al-Abd Al-Aly has previously warned against such rumors and the use of home remedies that could do more harm than good.

The number of deaths in Saudi Arabia resulting from COVID-19 increased by 33 on Tuesday, bringing the toll to 4,338. The Kingdom’s fatality rate is fluctuating between 30 and 40.

A further 672 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country, raising the total to 326,930.

Makkah had the highest number of new cases with 73. There were 65 reported in Jeddah, 46 in Hofuf, 42 in Riyadh, and 38 in Madinah.

There are 17,570 active cases and 1,286 patients are being treated in critical care units.

A further 1,092 recoveries were recorded on Sunday, raising the total number to 305,022.

The highest number of recoveries in the past 24 hours was in Makkah with 142, followed by Madinah with 97, and Jeddah with 96.

An additional 51,453 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been carried out, raising the total number of PCR tests carried out to more than 5.82 million.

The Health Ministry on Twitter advised people to take extra care of patients with kidney diseases, especially the elderly and those in high risk groups.

In addition to following precautionary measures, patients should maintain communication with their doctors and follow-up their blood pressure and health status.

Saudi Tourism Development Fund, banks sign deal for up to $43 bln of projects

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Saudi Tourism Development Fund, banks sign deal for up to $43 bln of projects

  • Fund to launch investment vehicles to develop tourism with private and investment banks
  • Saudi Arabia wants tourism sector to contribute 10% of GDP by 2030

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Development Fund on Monday signed an agreement with Riyadh Bank and Banque Saudi Fransi to finance up to 160 billion riyals ($43 billion) of tourism projects in the Kingdom, state news agency SPA reported.
The agreement will set up mechanisms to finance tourism projects across the Kingdom as part of the government’s efforts to develop the sector.
The fund, founded in June with an initial $4 billion investment, is part of plans to diversify the economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices.
It is intended to launch investment vehicles to develop tourism in collaboration with private and investment banks.
The Kingdom, which opened its doors to foreign tourists in September 2019 by launching a new visa regime for 49 countries, wants the sector to contribute 10% of gross domestic product by 2030.
Earlier this week, tourism minister Ahmed al Khateeb told Reuters that the tourism sector had been hit hard by strict government measures to fight the coronavirus and was expected to decline by 35%-45% by the end of the year. ($1 = 3.7506 riyals)d)