Saudi Arabia tests more than 150,000 people for coronavirus, as the number of registered cases in the country exceeded 5,000.
The spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Health, Dr. Mohammed Abdelali, said experts carried out those tests. They were working relentlessly to treat those suspected of infection as early as possible. Besides, taking all necessary measures to help them recover.
“These levels of advanced and accurate laboratory tests are what makes the Kingdom one of the countries that actively and intensely undertakes measures to detect cases early. Thus monitor and treat them at the earliest (opportunity) and prevent society from spreading it,” Dr. Abdelali said.
435 new cases of COVID-19
Saudi Arabia recorded a total of 435 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. This brings the total number to 5,369 cases, including 4,407 active cases. Of these, 62 are in critical condition or ICU.
Dr. Abdelali said there were 84 new recoveries, taking the total number of recoveries to 889. The death toll rose by eight to 73.
Fight against rumors and panic
The spokesman used the regular briefing to address rumors about coronavirus, including who could contract it, how and when.
He also denied that the disease only affected the elderly.
“Children, the young and the elderly are all susceptible to the disease, all age groups can be affected by the virus.”
Cases in the Kingdom had been recorded in children less than a year old and in seniors above 90, he said.
“Globally, there are cases recorded in the very first few hours or two days of an infant’s life. All age groups must take all the precautionary measures as it affects all.”
The spokesman stressed there was no evidence to indicate that the hot summer weather would curb the spread of the coronavirus, urging against believing rumors related to the virus.
“There is no confirmed reliable scientific evidence that proves this or if that the virus is seasonal,” he said. “It is still a new virus and it has not experienced different seasons and climates for us to confirm this piece of information.”
He said there were no findings that proved domestic animals and mosquitoes could transmit the disease but that they may spread other diseases, especially parasites.
The latest fatalities were expats – four in Madinah, three in Makkah and one in Jeddah. Most had underlying chronic health conditions between the ages of 41 and 71.
Online portal & Hotline
A committee led by the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs is to look after the housing conditions of expat workers. It also acted to curb the spread of the virus, including launching an online portal to build a database of housing alternatives for such workers.
The committee also said there were nearly 1,000 properties that could accommodate 250,000 residents with 60,000 rooms.
It also activated a hotline number – 940 – for those who had a complaint or wanted to report housing violations.