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MOH: 50% of Critical Cases in ICUs Are Aged 60 or Over
12 July 2020

​The Assistant Minister of Health and MOH spokesman, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaali, has revealed that 2,779 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Kingdom, bringing the total cases to 232,259. These include 62,898 active cases, still receiving medical care. Their health conditions are mostly stable, with the exception of 2,245 critical cases. 


Al-Abdulaali made this statement during the COVID-19 briefing held on Sunday. He mentioned that the number of new recoveries has amounted to 1,742, bringing the total recoveries to date to 167,138. And 42 new deaths were reported, bringing the total deaths to 2,223. As for COVID-19 testing, 44,429 new laboratory tests were conducted today, bringing the total tests so far to 2,270,719.  The attached 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.

Of the reported cases, 37% are female, and 63% are males. Only 5% of the reported cases are older persons, 11% are children, and 84% are adults.

The MOH spokesman revealed, also, that 50% of the critical cases receiving intensive care at ICUs are aged 60 years or older, 36% of them are aged 40-59 years old, and 14% are aged 20-39  years old. The number of critical cases is stable, he said, with the number of such cases ranging between 2,000 and 2,500. Over the past week, he added, there was a slight decline of new cases (0.4%) compared to the previous week. 

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.






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