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Ministry of Health App Success for COVID-19 Consultations




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.




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Saudi Arabia is The 1st in Arab World to Issue Scientific Papers on Covid-19




The Kingdom has been ranked the first in the Arab world to issue scientific papers on the novel virus, the government announced on Tuesday.

A virtual session of the cabinet was held in the presence of King Salman as the chair person, in which it reviewed several aspects related to the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the cabinet, the Kingdom is the 25th globally and the 2nd in the Middle East for clinical research and studies on the virus.

During the meeting, the cabinet also looked at the strategic dialogue between the Kingdom and the US. The meeting covered several strategic issues, including combating extremism and terrorism, and confronting Iran’s destabilizing and threatening attitude in the Middle East and disrupting global trade, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

We salute the Kingdom for all its continuous efforts in combating the threats of the novel coronavirus.

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Al-Ahsa Oasis Makes it to Guinness World Records as the World’s Largest Oasis




Al-Ahsa Oasis, which is located the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, has entered the Guinness World Records as the largest self-contained oasis in the world.

According to “Guinness” website, the oasis includes more than 2.5 million palm trees feeding on a huge aquifer through 280 artesian springs and extending over an area of more than 85.4 square kilometers (32.9 square miles).

“The largest self-contained oasis in the world is the Al-Ahsa Oasis. Located in south-eastern Saudi Arabia, there are more than 2.5 million palm trees in the oasis, which is fed from a huge underground aquifer, which allows agriculture all year round in a region that is otherwise sand desert. The oasis is named after the Al-Ahsa region in which it lies, and occupies around 85.4 square kilometres (32.9 square miles) irrigated by the flow of more than 280 artesian springs.” The website read.

Al-Ahsa is rich with an environmental heritage but also has a long history and witnesses the birth of several civilizations and has always been a strategic communication bridge with the world.

The oasis includes several national heritage sites and the oldest human settlements that date back to thousands of years. Its date-palm oasis is the largest palm oasis surrounded by sand in the entire world.

The “Guinness World Records” had also registered the Maraya concert hall in Al-Ula as the largest building in the world to be covered with mirrors.


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What You Need to Know About This Year’s Hajj’s Procedures & Conditions




The Kingdom just announced that Hajj will be held after all this year for citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia only, here are all the procedures and conditions that the kingdom will follow in performing the Hajj this year.

Saudi Minister of Hajj Muhammad Saleh bin Taher announced during a press conference held on June 23 that precautionary measures and protocols have been set by the Supreme Hajj Committee to organize a safe pilgrimage this year under the supervision of the Saudi Ministry of Health.

He also expressed the Kingdom’s keenness in enabling Muslims to perform Hajj rituals, despite the current outbreak of the coronavirus.

Bin Taher added that Hajj this year will be performed without any overcrowding, assuring that the needed social distance will be maintained in addition to more precautionary measures.

“It may be a thousand pilgrims or slightly more,” the minister said.

Saudi Minister of Health Tawfiq al-Rabiah said that only those under the age of 65 will be allowed to perform Hajj, those who don’t suffer from any chronic diseases.

Rabiah said that all pilgrims will undergo a coronavirus test before entering the holy sites and will stay in a 14-day house quarantine after performing the rituals.

Security personnel, workers at the holy sites, and the health practitioners serving the pilgrims will all have to undergo these tests.

“A hospital has been set up at every site in anticipation of any emergency, in addition to a health center at Mount Arafat,” he said.

Pilgrims will also be accompanied by ambulances and medical personnel as they perform the rites.

Health Minister Salih also affirmed that due to the current threats imposed by the pandemic, no pilgrims from outside the kingdom will be allowed to participate in the Hajj this year.

On the criteria for selecting pilgrims, the Saudi minister of Hajj and Umrah said, “We will coordinate with diplomatic missions to register their pilgrims.”

We wish all pilgrims a safe Hajj and may god watch over them.



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