As Covid-19 cases increase across countries in the Middle East and Asia, Saudi Arabia bans its citizens from traveling to 16 countries. The countries include India, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan.
The additional list of countries that Saudi Arabian citizens are banned from traveling and visiting includes,
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The number of daily Covid-19 cases has increased in these counties over the past week. Positive Covid-19 issues in the kingdom have remained low.
There have been an average of 540 cases over the last seven days. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabian government has had 763,000 confirmed cases and 9,128 deaths of its citizens.
As concern grows over the monkeypox, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health stated that there are no confirmed cases in citizens, but the country would be ready to deal with it.
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Monkeypox cases have currently been established in Israel, Switzerland, and Austria.
Monkeypox is a rare disease typically isolated to Central and West Africa areas. It is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or material contaminated with the virus.
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Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah Asiri, stated that there is a standard definition of suspected cases and how to confirm them. Monitoring and diagnosis methods are available in the laboratories of the kingdom.
Until now, transmission cases between humans are minimal. Therefore the chances of any outbreaks occurring from it, even in countries that have detected instances, are meager.