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 Over 600,000 Self-assessment Exams through “Mawid” App, COVID-19 Monitoring Committee Says
25 April 2020

​On Saturday morning, the COVID-19 Monitoring Committee held its 66th 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 agencies. During the meeting, all relevant COVID-19 updates and reports were reviewed.​

The committee has discussed the global epidemiological situation, as well as the cases reported locally and their health condition. All precautionary measures carried out at the points of entry into the Kingdom will continue in full, the Committee stressed, and will be further tightened. Meanwhile, the Committee commended the citizens’ compliance with the curfew, and called on them to stay home, and refrain from going unless necessary.

Following the meeting, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaali, MOH spokesman mentioned that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has jumped to 2,800,000 cases, of which 796,000 cases have recovered to date. As for the COVID-19 death toll, it has jumped to 197,000.

As for the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom, he mentioned that 1,197 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported. Those newly reported cases were detected in several Kingdom cities, as follows: 264 in Makkah, 271 in Jeddah, 160 in Riyadh, 45 in Madinah, 45 in Khobar, 43 in Dammam, 34 Al-Hafouf, 27 in Taif, 26 in Jubail, 20 in Bish, 17 in Buraidah, 13 in Yanbu, 12 in Al-Muzanb, 6 in Al-Baha, 6 in Sajer, 5 in Arar, 5 in Al-Muzahmiya, 2 in Abha, 2 in Tabuk, 2 in Al-Makhwa, and 1 case in each of Unaizah, Al-Zulfe, Al-Kharj, Al-Qunfudah, Khamis Mushayt, Bani Malik and Turbah. 

This brings the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom to 16,299 cases. Of these, 13,948 cases are active, receiving medical care: there are 115 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
Of the 1,197 confirmed cases today, 24% are Saudis and 76% are non-Saudis, he said.

The number of new recoveries has amounted to 166, bringing the total recoveries to date to 2,215 cases. And 9 new deaths were reported, bringing the total deaths to 136. The new deaths for 2 Saudis, 49 and 60 years old in Jeddah and Makkah respectively, and 7 non-Saudis in Jeddah and Makkah aged 33-77. They mostly suffered from chronic diseases. Of the total cases reported today, 745 cases were detected through the active surveillance, accounting for 62% of the cases, he said. 

Al-Abdulaali said that so far more than 600,000 people took a self-assessment exam through MOH’s “Mawid” app, with more than 15,000 potential coronavirus cases found through the online app. It is discovered that some of the 15,000 persons needed laboratory examination, and it was found that 268 of the lab tests were confirmed cases. “The good thing is that the confirmed cases were discovered at their early stages before coming in contact with thousands of people, thus increasing the confirmed cases to 8,000 or even over 10,000 in just two weeks”, he added.

He stressed the importance of adhering to the instructions provided by MOH. This is especially necessary during the blessed month of Ramadan and for those with chronic diseases. Some of the most important instructions to follow include social distancing, avoiding shaking hands, and regularly cleansing them.

The MOH spokesman reiterated that anyone who develops symptoms, or is willing to get medical advice, can use the self-assessment application ‘Mawid’, or call 937 which works around the clock.

Last Update : 26 April 2020 03:23 AM
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