Saudi Arabia confirms 2,764 more COVID-19 cases, 45 deaths

Saudi Arabia announced 45 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,764 new confirmed cases of the disease on Thursday. (File/SPA)
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Updated 17 July 2020

Saudi Arabia confirms 2,764 more COVID-19 cases, 45 deaths

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 187,622
  • A total of 2,370 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Health announced 45 new COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, raising the death toll in the Kingdom to 2,370.
The ministry recorded 2,764 new cases, with Jeddah reporting 260, Al-Hofuf  reporting 213 and Riyadh reporting 208.
The total number of cases in Saudi Arabia has reached 243,238, but only 53,246 are active cases. 2,206 are in critical condition.
Another 4,574 patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 187,622.
The total number of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted since the beginning of the pandemic has reached 2,494,873, with 58,190 new tests completed over the last 24 hours.
The Ministry of Health’s Taakad (make sure) and Tatamman (rest assured) services have served 1,024,489 people since their launch in June.
Tatamman clinics are located across the Kingdom and offer medical care for those who have COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments are not necessary. Some operate for 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Tatamman clinics only receive suspected cases with symptoms similar to COVID-19, even when experienced on more than one occasion. The staff will receive patients again and provide them the needed health care for their case,” MoH spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said.
He said the curve for new confirmed cases, deaths and patients under intensive care are all in stable condition.
“Stability or decline in the curve always augurs well,” said Al-Abd Al-Aly. “However, we are in constant anticipation and will not lessen our commitment in providing different health services as the pandemic is still gathering pace in most of the world,” he added.
The Ministry of Health confirmed that preventive measures taken by the Kingdom — in addition to unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — have contributed to increasing the clinical capacity of intensive care units by more than 2,800 beds in some regions.
The ministry said that this reflects the keenness of the Saudi leadership to ensure the health and safety of Saudis and expats.


Saudi Arabia working on coronavirus vaccine with Chinese company

Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi Arabia working on coronavirus vaccine with Chinese company

JEDDAH: The third phase of a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial is to be carried out on at least 5,000 volunteers in Saudi Arabia after clearing mid-stage tests.
In an effort to expedite vaccines against coronavirus, the Ministry of Health announced its preparedness to launch the third phase in health centers across Riyadh, Makkah and Dammam. The clinical trials come as part of a ministry agreement with the Chinese vaccine developing company CanSino.
The findings of the first randomized controlled trial, published in The Lancet, resulted in the vaccine appearing to be safe and inducing a significant immune response in the majority of recipients in the second phase.
The vaccine uses a harmless cold virus, known as adenovirus type-5 (Ad5), to carry genetic material from coronavirus into the body.The volunteers will be over the age of 18.
Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly told a press conference on Sunday that epidemiological analysis had shown a fluctuation in confirmed coronavirus cases, with a slight increase potentially caused by social gatherings during Eid Al-Adha that did not adhere to health protocols.

“These numbers are currently at a slight increase, but they are not a cause of major concern (at the moment) for outbreaks or clusters,” the spokesman said.
Estimates of COVID-19 patients needing critical care have decreased in the past three days and the current curve shows a 5.5 percent decrease in admissions. There are currently 1,816 patients in Saudi Arabia receiving critical care.
The Kingdom recorded 1,428 new cases on Sunday, raising the total number of infections to 288,690 since the beginning of the pandemic.
There were 1,599 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 252,039. There are currently 33,484 active cases.
Saudi Arabia recorded 37 new fatalities on Sunday, raising the coronavirus death toll to  3,167.
There have been 58,424 polymerase chain reaction tests carried out in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of tests in the Kingdom to over 3.8 million.