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MOH: Most Recent COVID-19 Cases Are Associated with Failure to Maintain Social Distancing
09 July 2020

The Assistant Minister of Health and MOH spokesman, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaali, has revealed that 3,183 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Kingdom, bringing the total cases to 223,327. These include 60,131 active cases, still receiving medical care. Their health condition are mostly stable, with the exception of 2,225 critical cases.

Al-Abdulaali made this statement during the COVID-19 briefing held today, which also hosted Eng. Hassan Jannah, director general of the Tourism Information and Research Center (Mas).

According to Al-Abdulaali, the number of new recoveries has amounted to 3,046, bringing the total recoveries to date to 161,096. And 41 new deaths were reported, bringing the total deaths to 2,100. And the total number of COVID-19 tests has amounted to 2,125,336 lab tests.

Of the reported cases, 36% are female, and 64% are males. Only 5% of the reported cases are older persons, 10% are children, and 85% are adults. This table​ shows the distribution of new COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom’s cities, as well as the numbers of cases, recoveries and deaths worldwide.

Several months have passed since the start of the outbreak, said the MOH spokesman. And in dealing with the pandemic, we need to strike some balance between two opposites: recklessness and panicking. On the one hand, most recent COVID-19 cases are associated with failure to maintain social distancing. On the other hand, extreme alertness and panicking may lead to mental-health problems. He added that 20% of the cases worldwide never show symptoms at all, 70% - 80% experience mild symptoms, and the rest need to receive medical care, and sometimes ICU care. 

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.

For his part, Eng. Hassan Jannah, director general of the Tourism Information and Research Center (Mas), touched on three main topics: summer season in Saudi Arabia (under the theme: ‘Enjoy your summer carefully!’), hotel occupancy rates over the past two weeks, and an overview of ‘Mas’ and its work.

Last Update : 13 July 2020 03:46 AM
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