Committee of Following up Latest Developments of Coronavirus Discusses Precautionary Measures to Combat COVID-19

الثلاثاء 1441/7/22 هـ الموافق 2020/03/17 م واس
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Riyadh, March 17, 2020, SPA -- The committee concerned with following up on the health situation of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) held today its 27th meeting under chairmanship of Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawazan Al-Rabiah and in presence of the members of the all governmental relevant institutions.
During the meeting, the committee reviewed all reports and developments of the virus as well as the epidemiological situation of the virus worldwide including the confirmed cases in the Kingdom, with an emphasis on applying all preventive measures in entry ports.
Following the meeting, Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aali, spokesman of the Ministry of Health, confirmed that the total number of confirmed cases with the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world amounted to 182,000 cases in 161 countries, adding that 80,000 cases recovered so far. He disclosed that the number of deaths reached 7,150.
"So far, 133 cases are confirmed in the Kingdom, (69 males and 64 females). They are all adult (average age is 50 years old), except six children, including 73 Saudis and 60 non Saudis (49 Egyptians, two Bahrainis, two Americans, one Lebanese, one Bangladeshi, one French, one Filipino, one Spanish, one Indonesian and one Afghan), he said, pointing out that 106 cases have been linked to arrivals passing or coming from countries that have recorded the spread of the virus in addition to 27 cases are emerged due to contacting with infected persons.
The spokesman affirmed the recovery of six cases while 127 cases are isolated and that those examined in ports reached 700,000 people, pointing out that the Health Center (937) received 200,000 calls about the new Coronavirus.
The Spokesman of the Health Ministry urged all to abide by the instructions for their safety and health.
Dr. Al-Abd Al-Aali urged anyone coming from infected areas to communicate with the Health Center (937), warning from rumors about this virus.
19:31 LOCAL TIME 16:31 GMT