‘No sign yet of COVID-19 summer reversal’
Officials reiterate importance of precautionary measures
The Saudi Ministry of Health on Tuesday played down suggestions that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic might be reversing during the hot summer weather. Several studies are under way to test the possible effects of sunlight and heat on the virus.
“Temperature levels used in laboratories to study the resilience of the virus differ from the temperatures in the environmental conditions we live in,” said ministry spokesman Mohammed Al-Abd Al-A ly. “Moreover, most of us spend our time in closed places with moderate temperatures.” He said that the best way for people to protect themselves and their communities from the virus is to continue to follow safety advice and take precautions recommended by the ministry, including social distancing. These remain crucially important to slowing the spread of the disease regardless of the season, he added. Saudi Arabia has been part of the international effort to combat COVID-19 since the early stages of the outbreak, and a member of global health partnership Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said Al-Abd Al-Aly.
“Efforts to find a vaccine for the disease have not been concluded yet,” he added. “However, the country has bilateral contacts with countries that have opportunities or signs of a vaccine success story.”
He pointed out that the novel coronavirus is considered stable, with no significant differences in disease symptoms or complications based on geographical factors or blood types.
The Kingdom reported 50 new COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total to 1,649. There were 4,387 new confirmed cases, which means 190,823 people have contracted the disease. Of these, 58,408 cases remain active and 2,278 patients are in critical condition.
The Ministry of Health said 980 of the new cases were in Al-Hofuf, 342 in Riyadh and 308 in Dammam. “The main factor behind the significant increase in numbers in those cities was social gatherings, with a lack of commitment to precautionary measures and social distancing,” said Al-Abd Al-Aly.
The Kingdom reported 50 new COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total to 1,649.
There were 4,387 new confirmed cases, which means 190,823 people have contracted the disease.