Saudi Arabia extends travel ban as border closes down till May 17.
An uptick in the number of daily coronaviruses (COVID-19) cases has Saudi officers calling on the public to stay steadfast in their efforts to fight the disease. Dr Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the Saudi minister of health, spoke out on Thursday after 253 new cases said in the Kingdom. “We have confronted an incredible challenge together,” Al-Rabiah published. “We have made strides, and it had a place in our memory. Please don’t allow this challenge to return.” The minister’s message became a strong reminder of warnings he made at the start of the pandemic. “We are living in a major challenge as COVID-19 is now spreading around the world swiftly,” Al-Rabiah stated in a video clip on March 15, 2020. “Our management has taken a set of precautions to protect you, and the challenge is great, and your cooperation is important. So, from the heart, I ask you in your cooperation.” Meanwhile, the Health Ministry warned of 7 possible side effects from the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and how to cope with the symptoms. “In general, the side effects which can appear include tiredness, headache, sore throat, muscle pain, malaise, muscle aches, fever and chills,” the ministry stated in response to a question from a vaccinated patient. The Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control cautioned that people coping with possible side effects should place a cold compress at the injection site to relieve pain, redness and swelling. Paracetamol may be used to relieve headache, muscle pain, fever and tiredness. Saudi Arabia said 267 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the overall number of people who’ve gotten smaller the disease to 367,543. There are 2,169 active cases, while 355 are in critical condition. According to the Health Ministry, Riyadh recorded 89 new cases, observed by the Eastern Province (70), Makkah (49) and Madinah (six). Two greater COVID-19-related deaths had been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 6,368.
Besides, 253 patients recovered from the disease, elevating the overall to 359,006 recoveries nationwide. Saudi Arabia has conducted 12.2 million PCR tests so far, with 48,445 in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is to increase its travel restriction period and shift the date for reopening the Kingdom’s borders from March 31 to May 17 because of delays in delivery of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines stated on Friday. The Ministry of Interior announcement came just weeks after the Saudi authorities pencilled at the end of March to reopen the country’s land, sea, and air entry points for travel following a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases. On January 8, it set March 31 as the date to lift the suspension of international flights. The brand new selection was based on an announcement by the Saudi health minister revealing that COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers had failed to meet time limits for shipping contracted batches. A 2nd wave of the virus spreading swiftly round the world had also influenced the move, the ministry delivered. Before lifting travel regulations for Saudis and reopening borders, the Kingdom aimed to inoculate most of the population against the virus while keeping infection rates to a minimum. Saudi Arabia suspended flights in December after the emergence of a brand new and more infectious version of COVID-19. Physician at Riyadh’s King Abdullah Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Dr Shaikh Abdullah, instructed Arab News that extending the country’s travel ban was a “wise” step by the authorities. “Saudi Arabia has carried out an outstanding task at containing the spread of the virus and has earned itself a place on the list of countries having the lowest number of cases as well as the loss of life rate. “Being a frontline doctor in the fight against this havoc-wreaking virus, I see the immunization of the masses as the only way to overcome this virus, then lifting the ban and reopening borders,” he stated. He added that worldwide demand was slowing down vaccine rollout. “That is why extended regulations on travel are going to be a reality for the next couple of months, and our best alternative for keeping the number of deaths and cases at a low level while avoiding a 2nd wave of the virus.”