Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Saudi family infected with COVID-19 evacuated from India

Jeddah:  Authorities airlifted a Saudi family from India after it tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

After a 15-hour journey, the family returned to the Kingdom safely and is now receiving medical care.

Following directives from King Salman for the immediate evacuation of the Saudi citizens, the Air Medical Evacuation Department of Health Services at the Saudi Defense Ministry made arrangements for their transfer from the crisis-hit country.

India is worst hit by the pandemic and last week, the country broke a world record after recording 416,000 cases.

Critical coronavirus cases in the Kingdom are continuing to rise at an alarming rate despite a growing number of recoveries.

On Tuesday, seven patients were admitted into intensive care units, raising the total number of patients in critical care to 1,384.

Authorities also recorded 1,047 new coronavirus cases, with the Riyadh region leading with 326 cases, Makkah with 250 and the Eastern Province with 122.

In total, there have been 435,027 coronavirus infections in the Kingdom since the beginning of the pandemic. There are now 8,078 active infections across Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday saw 847 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries over the course of the pandemic to 419,761. The Kingdom’s recovery rate is holding steady at 96.49 percent.

18/05/21 Rawan Radwan/Arab News

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