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Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

  • JEDDAH: Ten cases involving a variant of the coronavirus have been detected in Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday, adding that all those infected recovered. “Thousands of variants have been detected since the beginning of the pandemic globally,” Dr. Al-Abd Al-Aly, the minist...

COVID-19 booster necessary to confront ‘fast-spreading’ variant, Saudi health officials say

  • JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Health has issued reassurances that a booster shot against the omicron variant can help people avoid the acute complications the virus can cause. In a joint press conference with the Interior Ministry and the Saudi Public Health Authority on Sunday, Health Ministr...

Doctor says COVID-19’s Delta variant a ‘cause of major concern’

  • JEDDAH: The rapid speed of transmission of the Delta variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a cause of major concern, a doctor speaking at a recent online press conference titled “Towards a Safe Healthy Hajj” told Arab News. The B.1.617.2. strain is a mutation that first appeared in...

Saudi Arabia says second vaccine dose ‘best protection against delta variant’

  • RIYADH: The best form of protection against the COVID-19 delta variant spreading rapidly around the world is receiving two doses of a vaccine, the Saudi Ministry of Health said on Sunday. Spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly warned in a weekly press conference that the four major COVID-19 vari...

Early global response to omicron variant could save lives, says Saudi virologist

  • JEDDAH: With the COVID-19 omicron variant prompting renewed concern about the pandemic, a virologist has told Arab News that its early detection is a positive first step to overcoming the mutation. omicron, or the B.1.1529 strain of the coronavirus, was marked a variant of concern on Nov. 26 ...

Saudi Arabia extends entry ban amid threat of new COVID-19 variant

  • RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday said it was extending a ban on entry to the Kingdom by air, land and sea for another week. In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Ministry of Interior said the decision was a precautionary measure against the spread of the new variant of COV...

FaceOf: Saudi-British artist Nasreen Shaikh Jamal Al-Lail

  • Nasreen Shaikh Jamal Al-Lail is a Saudi-British artist. She is the founder and director of Variant Space, an art collective that provides a space for Muslim women to creatively express their experiences through art.  Her mixture of painting, video and photographic works are investigation...

Saudi residents unperturbed by ‘expected’ flight ban reinstatement

  • JEDDAH: As the news broke, just before midnight on Sunday about the reinitiating of a weeklong ban on international flights to and from the Kingdom, residents and expatriates expressed full confidence in government’s measures taken to protect them from any harm. “What do we have to lose,” May...

Vaccine key to protecting against COVID-19 variants even for recovered patients, says Saudi health ministry

  • JEDDAH: Vaccines are key to increasing immunity against COVID-19 variants, even in those who had recovered from the disease, the Ministry of Health said Sunday.  Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Ali began his regular press conference by clearing up the misconception that th...

Mix-and-match approach approved and safe to use, says Saudi Health Ministry

  • JEDDAH: A mixing of different COVID vaccines can trigger potent immune responses and boost immunity against COVID-19, according to a Saudi Ministry of Health spokesman. In a press conference on Sunday, Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly reaffirmed the safety and efficacy of ...