Saudi Arabia announces 232 new virus cases

Saudi Arabia announces 232 new virus cases
Saudi Arabia held a heavily downsized hajj pilgrimage in July this year, over concerns of the event being a super spreader event for COVID-19. (File photo: AFP)
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Updated 01 December 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 232 new virus cases

Saudi Arabia announces 232 new virus cases
  • Number of daily infections steadily decreasing in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health announced 232 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Monday, with numbers remaining steady and daily counts of between 200-350 for more than two weeks.

Monday’s numbers bring the number of total cases in the Kingdom to 357,360 since the beginning of the pandemic in early March.
Riyadh recorded 67 new cases. Madinah and Jeddah reported 18 new cases each, while Makkah and Dammam had 13 new cases apiece.
Only seven cities are recording cases in the double digits, according to the ministry’s daily COVID-19 dashboard.
The ministry said there were 393 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 246,802. The country’s recovery rate has climbed to 97 percent.
There are 4,662 active cases, 659 of which are in critical care.
Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said there was a halt in rising case numbers, and that the number of critical care patients was decreasing due to community cooperation and the proper implementation of health protocols by authorities.
“The number of confirmed cases has stabilized in the past week,” he said, adding that people’s adherence to health protocols was the reason for both the steady decrease in numbers and the stabilization.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 232 new infections on Monday.

• Only seven cities are recording cases in the double digits.

• The ministry said there were 393 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 246,802.

• There are 4,662 active cases, 659 of which are in critical care.

“We continue to have control over the coronavirus spread in the Kingdom. It’s important to continue adhering to the protocols until we announce the recovery of the last infected patient.” There were 12 new deaths recorded on Monday, raising the death toll to 5,896.
The government is continuing its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections and to record cases.
There have been 39,224 PCR tests carried out in the past 24 hours, raising the number of tests the Kingdom has performed so far to 9.6 million.
The ministry has urged people showing any symptoms of coronavirus disease to visit one of its Tetamman (Rest Assured) clinics to be tested for the virus. There are about 235 of the clinics across the Kingdom, and appointments for tests can be booked through the Sehaty app.
The ministry has also set up health centers, called Takkad (Make Sure), to cater to people who show no or only mild symptoms of the disease, but think they might have come into contact with someone who was infected.


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.

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