Saudi Arabia’s daily virus count drops below 400 cases

Saudi Arabia recorded 323 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest number of new infections since April. (File/SPA)
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Updated 12 October 2020

Saudi Arabia’s daily virus count drops below 400 cases

  • Health Ministry reports 593 new recoveries, 25 deaths
  • More than 5,000 people have now died from the coronavirus disease in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health confirmed 323 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total number of those infected to 339,267.

Of Sunday’s confirmed cases, 12 percent were children, 85 percent adults, 3 percent elderly, while 42 percent were female and 58 percent male.
A total of 593 new recoveries were recorded, bringing the number to 325,330 and raising the Kingdom’s recovery rate to nearly 96 percent.
Saudi Arabia’s active cases have decreased below the 9,000 case mark — there are currently 8,893 cases. According to Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, two-thirds of critical care patients are recovering and the number is increasing.
A total of 25 new deaths were reported on Sunday. There were 5,043 patients who died due to complications from the infection.
There are currently 826 patients in critical care units, an 11.9 percent decrease since last week.
The Kingdom continues to advance in its efforts to detect coronavirus cases with the use of polymerase chain reaction tests that have reached more than 7 million so far, 38,239 of which were conducted in the past 24 hours.

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339,267 COVID-19 cases

325,330 Recoveries

5,043 Total deaths

Al-Aly refuted claims that the virus might have mutated, leading to the appearance of a second wave of infection in a number of countries.
“There are no facts that can corroborate that claim, instead, the surge in numbers was due to the communities’ return to pre-COVID activities while disregarding safety and precautionary measures,” he said.
“We don’t want to test this phenomenon and return back to recording high numbers. With our (community) adherence to precautionary measures until the end of the pandemic we will maintain a downward slope in recorded cases, which in part will be the key to combat a second surge.”
The Kingdom tops the list of Arab countries in its scientific publications of clinical trials and COVID-19 research papers.
“With the Kingdom’s great cadres and Saudis leading in their given research fields, it’s with their hard work and effort that Saudi Arabia ranked 25th place globally thanks to its scientific contributions,” Al-Aly said.


Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Updated 19 October 2020

Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage

JEDDAH: Splashes of pink are appearing in Saudi Arabia’s public spaces to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening.
A number of campaigns are underway this month to support this outreach — in malls, on the street and on billboards.
Pamphlets are being handed out, videos and interactive pictures are on display, there are fundraising activities such as hiking and biking, and medical students have been talking to shoppers and passers-by as part of efforts to increase people’s knowledge.
In Jeddah there was a Tai Chi class on the city’s waterfront, headed by Amatallah Bahaziq, that was attended by female members of Bliss Runners and Bolts. Another event was a bike ride organized by Jeddah Cyclists that included men and women.
A number of major cities across the Kingdom have also seen pop-up campaigns, with specialists ready to answer questions and play a proactive role in spreading proper knowledge and information about the disease, its detection and the chances of survival when detected early.

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According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.

The Zahra Breast Cancer Association is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading organizations dedicated to raising awareness about the disease. It has been supporting cancer patients and survivors and normalizing conversations about breast cancer among the community, with a renewed emphasis during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Given the circumstances (due to the pandemic) we focused our efforts to raise awareness to the importance of early detection virtually,” a representative from the association told Arab News. “With billboards and visuals spread across Saudi cities, we’re still following through with our campaign promise to raise awareness each year and send the message across: Early detection will save your life.”
According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.