Under the chairmanship of Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, the COVID-19 Follow-up Committee held its 36th meeting today.
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 precautionary measures carried out at the points of entry into the Kingdom will continue in full and will be further enhanced, the committee stressed.
Following the meeting, a press conference washeld, including Health Ministry Spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abdulaali, InteriorMinistry spokesman Lt. Colonel Talal Al-Shalhoub and Commerce and InvestmentMinistry Spokesman Abdulrahman Al-Hussain.
For his part, Dr. Al-Abdulaali said the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide is 470,000 cases, of which 115,000 cases have been cured to date. The COVID-19 death toll has jumped to 21,000.
So far, said Dr. Al-Abdulaali, the Kingdom ofSaudi Arabia has reported 112 new cases, of which 12 cases got infected whiletraveling and they are quarantined since their arrival to the Kingdom's ports ofentry. The remaining 100 cases got infected as a result of contact withpreviously confirmed cases.
The new cases are distributed as follows:Riyadh 34, Makkah 26, Taif 18, Jeddah 13, Dammam 6, Qatif 5, Madinah 3, Khobar2, Hofuf 2, Dhahran 1, Buraidah 1 and Khafji 1, bringing the accumulativenumber of COVID-19 infections in the Kingdom to 1012 cases. They are receivingnecessary medical care and are in stable condition, with the exception of 6critical cases. An expatriate in Madinah who was previously diagnosed asinfected with COVID-19 and suffering from diabetes, blood pressure, and heartfailure died, bringing COVID-19 death toll to 3. However, four cured cases wererecorded, bringing the number of cured cases to 33.
He advised everyone to abide by the followingsafety tips, avoiding handshakes, washing hands with soap and water frequently,covering mouth while coughing or sneezing and get rid of used tissues properly,and staying at home, avoiding gathering and not going outside unless extremelynecessary. It is also advised to isolating arrivals from outside the Kingdomfor 14 days.
He called on them to use the COVID-19 symptomsself-assessment service via MOH's Mawid App. He stressed the importance ofdepending on the official sources for getting information, and not listening torumors. "Everyone who has coronavirus symptoms, or has an inquiry iswelcomed to call our 937 Center, 24/7", he added.