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‘Com­plete lock­down will have huge im­pact on econ­omy’

- Health · Medicine · Society · Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Chilean Ministry of Health · New Zealand Ministry of Health · Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination · Ministry of Health (Saudi Arabia)

With COVID-19 cases con­tin­u­ing to rise, Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed al Sa’eedi, Min­is­ter of Health, urged peo­ple to fol­low pre­ven­tive mea­sures to avoid a com­plete lock­down which may ad­versely af­fect the econ­omy.

“Im­pos­ing a com­plete lock­down will have a huge im­pact on our econ­omy. The di­rec­tives from His Majesty Sul­tan Haitham bin Tarik is to pro­tect ev­ery­one re­gard­less of the sacri­fices. We ap­peal to all to be part­ners with the gov­ern­ment. Re­port­ing on the places of gath­er­ings and vi­o­la­tors is a na­tional duty,” Dr Sa’eedi said.

He said that the gov­ern­ment will not tol­er­ate any­one vi­o­lat­ing the Supreme Com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sions.

“The re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with you. The evening pe­riod wit­nesses large gath­er­ings, so the Supreme Com­mit­tee de­cided to pre­vent move­ment at night,” he said.

“Ac­cord­ing to the ex­pe­ri­ences of some coun­tries, pub­lish­ing the names and pic­tures of vi­o­la­tors has con­trib­uted to the re­duc­tion of vi­o­la­tions and it raises peo­ple’s com­mit­ment to the pro­ce­dures more than the fines. I urge the pub­lic to re­port any vi­o­la­tions of the COVID-19 pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures for the sake of the health of all.”

Dr Sa’eedi said that the de­cline seen in the re­cov­ery rate can be at­trib­uted to non-com­pli­ance with the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures.

“The long-term im­pact of the virus on in­fected peo­ple is un­known un­til today. There are those who have re­cov­ered from the dis­ease but the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal symp­toms con­tinue to af­fect them for a long time.”

He said that the virus still kills. “Un­for­tu­nately, we lost a third per­son from the health sec­tor to COVID-19. We do not ex­pect a de­crease in the num­ber of deaths as there is an in­crease in the num­ber of cases in the in­ten­sive care units. Eighty-three per cent of peo­ple who died last week were ICU pa­tients,” he said.

Dr Sa’eedi pointed out that doc­tors and other health work­ers are un­der­go­ing tremen­dous stress as they watch young peo­ple dy­ing from the dis­ease.

Dr Saif al Abri, di­rec­tor gen­eral of dis­ease sur­veil­lance and con­trol at the Min­istry of Health, said the risk of in­fec­tion is pos­si­bly more from the com­mu­nity than from the place of work.

“How­ever, in the com­ing days, a spe­cial mech­a­nism will be an­nounced to ex­empt peo­ple with chronic dis­eases from go­ing to their work­places.”

He added that im­mu­nity is not yet guar­an­teed even af­ter re­cov­er­ing from COVID-19. “Preven­tion must be taken af­ter re­cov­ery too,” Dr Abri said.

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