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Coronavirus Follow-up Committee Discusses Latest Developments
17 March 2020

​On Tuesday afternoon, the COVID-19 Follow-up Committee held its 27th meeting. Chaired by the Minister of Health, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan al-Rabiah, the meeting was attended by the committee members, who represent the relevant government sectors. During the meeting, all relevant COVID-19 updates and reports were reviewed. The committee discussed the epidemiological situation globally, as well as the cases reported locally. All the precautionary measures carried out at the points of entry into the Kingdom will continue in full, the committee stressed and will be further enhanced.​

MOH spokesperson, Dr. Muhammad al-Abdulaali, mentioned that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has amounted to 182,000 cases, reported in 161 countries, of which 80,000 cases have been cured to date. As for the COVID-19 death toll, it has jumped to 7,150.

So far, said al-Abdulaali, the Kingdom has reported 133 confirmed COVID-19 cases (69 males and 64 females), of which 6 cases have recovered and the remaining cases (127) are quarantined, receiving medical care and are in good condition, with the exception of one critical case. They are all adults, with an average age of 50 years, except 6 children. They include 73 Saudis and 60 non-Saudis (Egypt 49, Bahrain 2, America 2, Lebanon 1, Bangladesh 1, France 1, Philippines 1, Spain 1, Indonesia 1 and Afghanistan1), of which 106 cases contracted the virus while traveling or passing through countries where the virus spread and 27 cases got infected as a result of contact with previously announced confirmed cases. 

He added that more than 700,000 passengers have been examined at the ports of entry, pointing out that the 937 Service Center received more than 200,000 calls about COVID-19.
He advised everyone to abide by the following safety tips, avoiding handshakes, washing hands with soap and water frequently, avoiding gatherings and isolating arrivals from outside the Kingdom for 14 days. He stressed the importance of depending on the official sources for getting information, and not listening to rumors.  "Everyone who has coronavirus symptoms, or has an inquiry is welcomed to call our 937 Center, 24/7", he added.   






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