Saudi Arabia announced on Monday the first corona-virus case in the Kingdom, identified in a Saudi citizen traveling from Iran to the country through Bahrain.
According to the local newspaper, the person did not disclose to Saudi authorities that they had visited Iran before Bahrain.
The Kingdom’s Health Ministry said it sent an infection control team immediately to check on the citizen, and to take a sample for laboratory examination, as part of its precautionary measures. The results confirmed the man was infected with COVID-19.
The ministry said it had ensured that the infected person remained isolated in hospital and is receiving medical treatment. In addition, all those who were in contact with the infected person were counted, and samples were taken from them for examination by the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Results will be announced once the examination is completed.
#الصحة تعلن عن ظهور نتائج مخبرية تؤكد تسجيل أول حالة إصابة بفيروس #كورونا الجديد لمواطن قادم من إيران عبر مملكة البحرين ولم يفصح عند المنفذ السعودي عن تواجده في إيران.
ونطمئن الجميع أن الحالة معزولة في المستشفى وجاري التعامل معها وتقديم الخدمة الصحية وفق الإجراءات المعتمدة.
— و ز ا ر ة ا لـ صـ حـ ة السعودية (@SaudiMOH) March 2, 2020
According to the ministry statement, samples were taken from all people who have had contacts with the infected person for laboratory tests at the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and results will be announced upon completion of the tests.
The Ministry called upon all people to contact with its 937 Service Center for any queries about the virus, while stressing that information should be taken from its official sources and not to believe in rumors.
According to the Minister of Health,
I advise all the citizens and expatriates to ask the Ministry of Health in case if they have any query about preventing infection of the disease.