Saudi COVID-19 clinics help 100,000 people

Saudi Arabia announced 34 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,482 new cases of the disease on Thursday. (SPA)
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Updated 14 August 2020

Saudi COVID-19 clinics help 100,000 people

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 260,393
  • A total of 3,303 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

JEDDAH: Saudi health clinics set up as testing hubs or treatment centers have helped more than 100,000 people around the Kingdom since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry of Health’s Tettamman (rest assured) clinics have offered treatment to 63,529 people, while Taakad (make sure) center services in Al-Ahsa helped 21,030 people.
Al-Ahsa’s Taakad service is available at two locations in Al-Mabraz and Al-Hofuf. The car-stop testing centers’ daily capacity is between 1,200 and 1,500.
In Madinah, Tettamman clinics have offered advice to 18,700 people with COVID-19 symptoms. Three clinics in the city operate daily from 8 a.m. to midnight.
Since it opened, the Taakad drive-through testing center has also offered PCR tests to 5,200 people. Taakad provides COVID-19 testing for those who show no to mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual.
Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app. Tettamman clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms, such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom recorded 34 new COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday, raising the total to 3,303.
Saudi Arabia reported 1,482 new cases, meaning 294,519 people have now contracted the disease. There are 30,823 active cases, 1,805 of whom are in critical condition. The ministry also announced that 3,124 more patients had recovered from the illness, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 260,393.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 4,071,857 tests, with 70,754 carried out in the past 24 hours.


Saudi Arabia first in Arab world for issuing scientific papers on virus

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NEOM: Saudi Arabia was ranked first in the Arab world for issuing scientific papers on the coronavirus, the government heard on Tuesday.
King Salman chaired a virtual session of the cabinet which reviewed various aspects related to the fight against the spread of the virus.
The Kingdom ranked 25th globally and 2nd in the Middle East for clinical research and studies on the virus, the cabinet was told.
The Kingdom reported 385 cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 16 deaths. A total of 5,217 people have died in Saudi Arabia of the disease.
The ministers were also update on the progress of the second phase of the gradual easing of restrictions for umrah pilgrimages and prayers within Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifah (the area between Prophet Muhammad's grave and his pulpit) for citizens and expatriates from inside the Kingdom.
The phase will allow up to 15,000 Umrah performers and 40,000 worshipers or about 75 percent of the capacity in consideration of health protocols to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.
The first phase had allowed those within the Kingdom to perform Umrah at a capacity of 30 percent from Oct. 4., equivalent to 6,000 pilgrims per day.
The ministers also addressed the final communique of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors Meeting which reaffirmed determination to continue to use all available policy tools to aid with the recovery from the pandemic.
Separately, the cabinet welcomed the king’s restructuring on Sunday of the Council of Senior Scholars, Shoura Council and Supreme Court.
The decrees appointed 20 people to the Council of Senior Scholars, the Kingdom’s highest religious body.
The cabinet also reviewed the strategic dialogue between the Kingdom and the US.
The meeting focused on strategic issues, including combating extremism and terrorism, and confronting Iran's destabilizing and threatening attitude in the Middle East and disrupting global trade, the Saudi Press Agency reported.