10-30 percent of recoveries suffer from long COVID, says Saudi Health Ministry spokesman

There have been 47,732 PCR tests in the past day, bringing this total to 27.7 million. (AFP)
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There have been 47,732 PCR tests in the past day, bringing this total to 27.7 million. (AFP)
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 221 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.57 million. (Twitter/@hfrmoh)
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The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 221 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.57 million. (Twitter/@hfrmoh)
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Updated 06 September 2021

10-30 percent of recoveries suffer from long COVID, says Saudi Health Ministry spokesman

There have been 47,732 PCR tests in the past day, bringing this total to 27.7 million. (AFP)
  • Authorities report 120 new COVID-19 cases, 219 recoveries, 7 deaths
  • Ministry of Interior recorded 23,280 violations in one week

JEDDAH: Saudi health officials are urging people to get vaccinated as recent studies have shown that being double jabbed cuts the risk of long COVID by half, in addition to it being a key factor in preventing new infections.
At Sunday’s press conference, Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said authorities were continuing to follow up with recovered patients and were also monitoring the recoveries suffering from the long-term effects of coronavirus, lasting weeks or months after the onset of infection.
“The studies have shown that 10-30 percent of recoveries suffer from lasting symptoms of long COVID and the studies further support authorities’ call to get the vaccine,” said the spokesman.
The study referred to was from researchers affiliated with King’s College London, analyzing over 1 million participants between Dec. 2020 and July of this year. The study included 1.2 million adults vaccinated with only one dose and more than 970 with double doses.
The results found that the odds of suffering from long COVID was significantly lower after two jabs. The study also showed that double jabs cut patients’ odds of needing hospitalization for COVID-19 by 73 percent.

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More than 38 million vaccine doses have been administered in Saudi Arabia, at a rate of 206,422 a day.

More than 38 million vaccine doses have been administered in Saudi Arabia, at a rate of 206,422 a day. So far, 44 percent of the Kingdom’s 34.8 million population have completed their vaccinations.
Saudi Arabia’s daily coronavirus case count is around 100, an 87.8 percent decline from the nearly 1,000 cases recorded on Aug. 5.
It reported 120 new infections on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 545,243. The last time the Kingdom recorded such numbers was on Jan. 6, with 118 cases.
Of Sunday’s cases, 35 were in Riyadh, 22 were in Makkah and 14 were in the Eastern Province. Baha recorded just one new infection.
There were 219 recoveries reported, raising the total to 534,062. There are 2,602 active cases, of which 723 are in critical care. Seven people have died in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 8,579.


There have been 47,732 PCR tests in the past 24 hours, bringing this total to 27.7 million.
Authorities are continuing their monitoring campaigns to ensure compliance with the precautionary measures imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
They recorded 23,280 violations in one week, according to figures from the Ministry of Interior. 
The statistics indicated that the region of Riyadh recorded the highest number with 8,805 violations, followed by the Eastern Province (2,405), Hail (2,191), Madinah (2,125), Makkah (1,939), Qassim (1,778), Jouf (1,467), the Northern Borders (729), Tabuk (585), Asir (485), Jazan (329), Baha (245), and Najran (197).
The municipality of Jeddah carried out 9,890 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities in three days, identifying 94 violations.
Authorities closed 68 commercial outlets for breaching protocols.
The Eastern Province municipality also carried out 9,778 inspection tours in one week in shopping malls, commercial centers and stores. It issued penalties to 555 businesses for ignoring health regulations.
The violations included noncompliance with social distancing and mask-wearing, leniency in measuring the temperature of customers, overcrowding issues, and a failure to effectively use the Tawakkalna app.
The app was launched last year to help track COVID-19 cases and has been updated to show vaccination information, including an individual’s status, such as vaccinated or infected. It now functions as a “COVID-19 passport.”
Municipalities urged all commercial facilities to abide by regulations to ensure public safety and prevent the spread of the disease.
Authorities have urged members of the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or by contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 221 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.57 million.


Saudi Arabia reiterates call for restraint, calm in Sudan: Cabinet

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia reiterates call for restraint, calm in Sudan: Cabinet

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
  • Ministers welcomed a UN Security Council statement condemning the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attacks on the Kingdom
  • The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s firm position in support of the Palestinian cause

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet reiterated its call for calm, de-escalation and preserving political and economic gains, and said it was following up on the latest developments in Sudan.
Sudanese military leader General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan dissolved the government and the Sovereign Council on Monday and the prime minister and other ministers have been detained.
The Kingdom said it “supports everything that aims to protect unity among all political components, and emphasized its continued support for the Sudanese people for security, stability, growth and prosperity.”
The statement came following a weekly Council of Ministers meeting that was chaired virtually by King Salman from NEOM.
At the beginning of the session, the king briefed the ministers on the content of a letter he received from Bahrain’s King Hamad, the letter he sent to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, and the phone call with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The Cabinet hailed the success of the Saudi Green Initiative Forum and the Middle East Green Initiative Summit in presenting a package of qualitative initiatives to protect the environment, face the challenges of climate change, reduce its negative effects, create the necessary infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions, and strengthening the level of regional coordination in this field.
The Council of Ministers reviewed a number of topics and regional and international developments during the meeting.
The ministers welcomed a UN Security Council statement condemning the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attacks on the Kingdom’s territory and civilian facilities, and said it was an important boost to the Kingdom’s efforts to successfully end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution.

The Council of Ministers holds its weekly meeting, chaired by King Salman remotely from NEOM on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)

The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s firm position in support of the Palestinian cause and finding a just solution that secures the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. It also reiterated a call to the UN Economic and Financial Committee of the necessity to compel Israel to comply with international resolutions and laws, end the occupation and complete a withdrawal from Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The ministers also discussed the Kingdom’s statement at an international ministerial conference on supporting the stability of Libya, which was held in the capital, Tripoli, about its support for international efforts to preserve its unity and the security of its territories. Saudi Arabia praised the steps taken by the Libyan authority toward achieving a unified sovereign state that enjoys security, stability and development.
The Cabinet authorized the sports minister to sign a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Qatar, the minister of Islamic affairs to sign an agreement with Greece, and the tourism minister to sign an MoU with the UK.
It also authorized the minister of environment, water and agriculture to sign a draft cooperation agreement with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, and approved a license for Oman’s Sohar International Bank to open a branch in the Kingdom.


Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday
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Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday

Civil defense issues weather warnings across Saudi Arabia until Friday
  • The civil defense warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.

RIYADH: Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia starting on Wednesday and lasting until Friday, the Kingdom’s civil defense said on Tuesday.
The authority warned of thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain and brisk winds in the capital Jazan, Asir, Al-Baha, and Makkah on Wednesday and Thursday. It also warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.
The civil defense also warned of thunderstorms with light to medium rain and in Madinah, Tabuk, Hail, the Northern Borders Province, Al-Jawf, and the Eastern Province.
The warnings were issued based on data received from the National Center of Meteorology.
The civil defense called on everyone to exercise caution, be wary of the severe conditions, stay away from places that could flood, and to abide by the civil defense’s instructions and updates announced through media and social media outlets.


Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum

Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum
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Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum

Saudi and Bahraini crown princes meet on sidelines of Future Investment Initiative Forum
  • They reviewed bilateral relation and ways to support and strengthen them in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday held talks with his Bahraini counterpart Prince Salman bin Hamad, on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative Forum in the capital, Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed relations between the two countries and ways to support and strengthen them in various fields, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Bahraini Minister of Finance and National Economy Sheikh Salman bin Khalifa also attended the meeting.


Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 65 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 65 new cases
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Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 65 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 65 new cases
  • The health ministry says 38 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours
  • Municipalities close four businesses and issue fines to 171 others for violating precautionary measures

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,782.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 65 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 548,368 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 70 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 27, followed by Jeddah with 14, Makkah recorded four, and Madinah and Quwayiyah recorded two cases each.
The health ministry also announced that 38 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 537,376.
Over 45.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 21.2 million people have been fully vaccinated.


Saudi municipalities have also ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.
The municipality of the Eastern Province carried out 2,582 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities during the past two days. Authorities found 171 violations and closed four businesses for not adhering to the precautionary measures.
Officials have also called on the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 245 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.97 million.


Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Greek PM discuss boosting relations

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
Updated 26 October 2021

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Greek PM discuss boosting relations

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (SPA)
  • They discussed opportunities to enhance prospects for cooperation in various fields
  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrived in the Kingdom on Monday to attend the Middle East Green Initiative Summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the capital, Riyadh, to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations.
At the beginning of the meeting, the crown prince welcomed the Greek premier to the Kingdom, while Mitsotakis said he was happy to visit the Kingdom and meet the crown prince.
During the meeting, they reviewed relations between the two countries, and discussed opportunities to enhance prospects for cooperation in various fields.
They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of concern for their two countries, “in a way that contributes to supporting and strengthening security and stability in the region,” Saudi Press Agency said in a statement.
Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, and Minister of Investment and head of the Saudi delegation to the Saudi-Greek Committee Khalid Al-Falih also attended the meeting, which was held at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah Palace.
Mitsotakis arrived in the Kingdom on Monday to attend the Middle East Green Initiative Summit, which was launched by the crown prince, and comes one week before world leaders are set to gather for the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland.