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Al-Abdulaali: The Pandemic Is Far from Over, with no Vaccine or Drug, but Is Preventable
30 June 2020

On Tuesday, the Assistant Minister of Health and MOH spokesman, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaali, held the daily COVID-19 briefing, which also hosted the Assistant Minister of Health for Primary Health Care, Dr. Khalid Al-Abdulkarim.

The MOH spokesman noted that 4,387 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in the Kingdom, bringing the total cases in to 190,823 cases, including 58,408 active cases, receiving the medical care they may be in need of. Of these, there are 2,278 critical cases, whereas the health condition of the rest is stable.

Al-Abdulaali mentioned that, of the new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 980 were reported in Hofuf, 342 in Riyadh, 323 in Al-Mubarraz, 308 in Dammam, 287 in Makkah, 229 in Taif, 167 in Jeddah, 144 in Abha, 132 in Madinah, 132 in Khamis Mishait, 94 in Al-Khobar, 88 in Najran, 87 in Al-Qatif, 70 in Hail, 64 in Buraidah, 50 in Al-Dhahran, 49 in Baqiq, 38 in Mahayel Assir, 32 in Safwi, 30 in Al-Jafr, 29 in Unaizah, 28 in Al-Rass, 26 in Sharurah, 25 in Hafr Al-Batin, 25 in Al-Majmaah, 24 in Al-Jubail, 23 in Uhud Rufaidah, 21 in Bisha, 19 in Rafaye’ Al-Jamsh, 19 in Tabuk, 18 in Al-Oyoun, 17 in Sabt Al-Elaya, 17 in Al-Kharj, 16 in Sarat Ubaidah, 14 in Al-Bukairiyah, 13 in Al-Maddah, 13 in Al-Laith, 13 in Huraimela, 12 in Billasmar, 12 in Abu Arish, 12 in Al-Zulfi, 12 Wadi Al-Dawasser, 11 in Yanbu, 11 in Al-Mithnab, 10 in Rijal Alma’, 10 in Samitah, 10 in Hotat Bani Tamim, 9 in Al-Nimas, 9 in Dhahran Al-Janoub, 9 in Rabigh, 9 in Hotat Sudair, 8 in Al-Harjah, 8 in Tibala, 8 in Ruwaidat Al-Ard, 7 in Oyoun Al-Jawa, 7 in Al-Darb, 7 in Al-Edabi, 7 in Bish, 7 in Al-Salil, 6 in Al-Mikhwah, 6 in Al-Majardah, 6 in Bariq, 6 in Malijah, 5 in Al-Ula, 5 in Al-Muzailef, 5 in Tannouma, 5 in Wadi bin Hishbel, 5 in Uraierah, 5 in Jazan, 5 in Rafha, 5 in Al-Quwaieyah, 5 in Thadiq, 4 in Al-Asiah, 4 in Al-Badaye’, 4 in Al-Sahan, 4 in Turbah, 4 in Al-Bashayer, 4 in Al-Shinan, 4 in Yudmah, 4 in Wathilan, 4 in Umluj, 3 in Al-Baha, 3 in Mahd Al-Thahab, 3 in Dariah, 3 in Al-Khurmah, 3 in Umm Al-Doum, 3 in Al-Shemli, 3 in Mowaqaq, 3 in Al-Harth, 3 in Arar, 3 in Sakaka, 2 in Al-Qouz, 2 in Theriban, 2 in Al-Mahani, 2 in Al-Muwaih, 2 in Rania, 2 in Al-Nuairiyah, 2 in Salwa, 2 in Sebia, 2 in Uhud Al-Masarha, 2 in Al-Rain, 2 in Shaqra, 2 in Tumair, 2 in Al-Bed’, and one case in Al-Qura, Qulwah, Tabarjal, Wadi Al-Far’, Al-Hinakiyah, Khaibar, Al-Nabhaniyah, Al-Qunfudah, Al-Farsha, Al-Batha, Qaryat Al-Ulya, Baqaa, Al-Mawsim, Al-Tuwal, Adham, Hobuna, Al-Uwaikila, Al-Dalam, Al-Dawadmi, Dharma, Sajir and Duba.

According to Al-Abdulaali, the number of new recoveries has amounted to 3,648, bringing the total recoveries to date to 130,766. And 50 new deaths were reported, bringing the total deaths to 1,649. And the total number of COVID-19 tests has amounted to 1,639,314 lab tests. Of the reported cases, 37% are female, and 63% are males. Only 5% of the reported cases are older persons, 9% are children, and 86% are adults.

Al-Abdulaali mentioned that humans can contract seven coronaviruses, causing respiratory problems, ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory infections. He reiterated that the pandemic is ongoing, with no vaccine or drug. And, hence, utmost caution must be exercised. In the meantime, it can be prevented by adhering to the preventive measures.

According to Dr. Al-Abdulaali, anyone who has symptoms or wants an assessment can use the self-assessment service on ‘Mawid’ application. Citizens who have questions can also inquire or seek advice by calling the 937 Call Center, available 24/7. The call center is now made closer to everyone than ever. Citizens can also benefit from its interactive services through WhatsApp application on the number 920005937. They can have access to health information and updates on COVID-19. The service also provides users with information on blood donation and primary health care centers (PHCs). Besides, it enables them to reserve appointments.

The MOH spokesman stated that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has jumped to 1,030,2867 cases, of which 5,235,908 cases have recovered to date. while the death toll has jumped to 505,518.
For his part, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health for Primary Health Care, Dr. Khalid Al-Abdulkarim, mentioned that ‘Tatamman’ clinics and ‘Taakkad’ centers receive the citizens and residents who have COVID-19 symptoms, or suspect to have contracted the virus, without pre-scheduled appointments. Those symptoms include sore throat, coughing, shortness of breath and fever. There are 237 clinics throughout the Kingdom’s regions, inside some health centers and hospitals. According to Al-Abdulkarim, the clinics have received a total of 174,000 patients so far, 3% of whom were referred to ER sections, and 12% are being followed up to assess their health conditions.

Last Update : 02 July 2020 04:30 AM
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