Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, a new mobile application called Mawid was released to help the citizens who are in need of consultation.
So far in Jeddah, at least 176,000 people have been using this application in order to check whether they test positive or negative for the Coronavirus. The application has been a success and has proved that people are seeking comfort and guidance from it.
Many applications have been made worldwide to help aid people in times of COVID-19. Mawid, on the other hand, has proven to be one of the most successful so far. Out of the 176,000 citizens, 170,000 have shown reassuring results and are capable of checking in as well as retaking the test every day. However, 3,000 have shown to have some symptoms of the virus leaving them in the medium range.
2,700 citizens were advised to call the Coronavirus hotline number 937 or even contact an actual health institution for an in depth consultation. These people have shown to be at a high risk.
“Twenty people were diagnosed with early symptoms and received medical treatment at an early stage, protecting themselves and others,” said Dr. Mohammed Al Abd, Ministry Spokesman.
Dr. Mohammed has urged people to seek treatment if they feel like they are developing early symptoms of the Coronavirus rather than dismiss it as a regular flu. He is stressing on the point that this isn’t only to look after your own health but so as to ensure the health of the rest of the citizens and to protect your loved ones.
92 new cases of the Coronavirus have been announced by Dr Mohammed, he claims that 10 of these people are travelers who have come from abroad. These people have been quarantined immediately.
Unfortunately, the remaining 82 people who had tested positive had mixed with someone who had the Coronavirus to begin with.
Saudi Arabia’s numbers for COVID-19 are increasing by the minute. So far, it has been confirmed that the number of people that have tested positive for the virus as 1,104. Fortunate for them, these patients are stable for now and no new deaths have been reported by the government.
On the other hand, the total number of recoveries since the beginning of the outbreak are 35.
Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University Jumped 59 Places in Global Rankings
Congratulations to Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) for jumping 59 places in one year only, the university now ranks the 79 globally in the internally recognized UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.
The university ranked second at the local level in the UI GreenMetric 2020 and the fourth in the Middle East.
The ranking, which is done every year, measures the efforts that campuses exert to become sustainable and its eco-friendly infrastructures. The index looks at 912 universities in 94 countries.
It looks at six main indicators: Infrastructure, energy, waste, water, transportation, and the level of the educational process.
PNU’s advancement this year reflects the effort of the university in maintaining the environmental standards and providing an integrated healthy educational environment that aims at achieving environmental sustainability at all levels.
The Kingdom to Provide Covid-19 Vaccine For Free to All Citizens and Residents
The Saudi Health Ministry announced last night that the Kingdom will provide citizens and residents with the Covid-19 vaccine for free, a senior official told Saudi Al Ekhbariya TV.
The ministry hopes that these vaccines will cover 70% of the Kingdom’s population by the end of next year.
Dr Abdullah Asiri, assistant undersecretary at the ministry, said that the Kingdom is to obtain vaccines through Covax and companies outside of the consortium.
“The Kingdom worked on two paths to obtain the vaccine, through the COVAX organisation, which the G20 had a role in creating and financing…Saudi Arabia will obtain a large number of vaccines through this facility, while the second track is directly contracting with the big companies to cover the gap that cannot be covered through COVAX,” Arab News mentioned Asiri as saying.
“One of the most important goals set by the G20 during Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency is to support all-inclusive and equitable access to vaccines, diagnostic and treatment tools,” he added.
Dr Al Rabeeah said Saudi Arabia had spent so far more than $200 million on vaccine and developing a drug for the virus.
The promising news is that so far, three vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have been found to be at least 70% effective.
G-20 Leaders Close Riyadh Summit and World Leaders Discuss Efforts in Facing the Pandemic
The G20 Leaders’ Summit was presented virtually this year due to the pandemic and was hosted by Saudi Arabia with the participation of the world’s leaders.
The two-day conference ended on Sunday, its organizers hailed it as a success. Following this success, the Kingdom handed over G20 presidency to Italy as Riyadh summit concluded.
The two-day summit, the 15th meeting of the forum, has allowed leaders of economies to come together and discuss the most challenging socioeconomic issues, including finding a response to the pandemic and its challenges.
“We underscore the urgent need to bring the spread of the virus under control,” the leaders of the G-20 nations said in the communique.
“We have seen very clear signs but also actions by the G-20 supporting multilateralism,” Mohammed al-Jadaan, Saudi Arabia’s finance minister, said during a news conference at the summit’s conclusion.
“We hope that Italy will crystallize this idea with the aim of supporting joint international coordination and intensifying the role, to come up with policies and initiatives to meet any challenges and determine the economic and well-being of our peoples,” the crown prince said.
The crown prince stressed on the importance of cooperation in standing against the outbreak of COVID-19, and its health, economic, and social repercussions.
The G20 leaders also promised to “spare no effort” to ensure the fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and medicines worldwide.
“We are taking immediate and exceptional measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its intertwined health, social and economic impacts, including through the implementation of unprecedented fiscal, monetary and financial stability actions,” the statement said.