CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | U.S. CDC, FDA Chiefs In Self-Quarantine Following COVID-19 Exposure: Statement, Report

RIYADH| SAUDI ARABIA – Two cabinet U.S. officials were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesman and a media report.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield ‘will be teleworking for the next two weeks’, after a ‘low-risk exposure’ on Wednesday to a person at the White House who has the disease, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, citing a spokesman.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn is in self-quarantine for a couple of weeks after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and FDA spokesman told Reuters late of Friday.

Hahn immediately took a diagnostic test for the coronavirus and the result were negative, FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum said in an emailed statement.

‘As Dr. Hahn wrote in a note to staff today, he recently come into contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Per CDC guideline, he is now in self-quarantine for the next two weeks’, the FDA spokesman said.

Politico reported that Hahn had come into contact with Katie Miller, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary.

Miller, the wife of one of President Donald Trump’s senior advisers, tested positive on Friday, raising alarm about the virus’ potential spread within the White House’s innermost circle.


NEWS | Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman: Good Days In Store For Saudi Arabia Through Its People’s Efforts

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, stressed on Sunday that Saudi Arabia will see better days in credit to its people. He made his remarks while congratulating Defense Ministry officials on the advent of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The officials, including Deputy Defense Minister … Continue reading NEWS | Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman: Good Days In Store For Saudi Arabia Through Its People’s Efforts

NEWS | King Salman Urges Determination, Positivity In Overcoming Hardship

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud states on Sunday that he sees ‘hope in the coming days’, urging ‘determination and positivity in overcoming all hardship’. In a tweet on the occasion of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, he thanked for ‘blessing us with fasting during … Continue reading NEWS | King Salman Urges Determination, Positivity In Overcoming Hardship

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Reports 2,399 New Cases Bringing Total to 72,560 On Eid Al Fitr

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia reported 2,399 new coronavirus cases on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, bringing the total to 72,560. Riyadh remained the area with the highest daily increase, but Mecca had a higher increase than recent days, with 611 new cases in the province. Jeddah reported the third highest number … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Reports 2,399 New Cases Bringing Total to 72,560 On Eid Al Fitr

Saudi Society | Saudi Residents Face Deportation For Gathering In Weddings, Funerals

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Interior said on Saturday that residents who violate nationwide coronavirus precautionary measures and gather for social occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, seminars and the like will be deported and banned from ever re-entering the Kingdom. The MOI also specified fines for violators of the ban on … Continue reading Saudi Society | Saudi Residents Face Deportation For Gathering In Weddings, Funerals

BUSINESS | Abu Dhabi Shares Guidelines To Reopen UAE Capital’s Hotels

ABU DHABI – The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has shares detailed guidelines with the emirate’s hotels in preparation for granting approvals to reopen the establishments’ restaurants, lounges, bars, beaches, pool and gyms. Having closed due to health and safety precautionary measures imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, hotels … Continue reading BUSINESS | Abu Dhabi Shares Guidelines To Reopen UAE Capital’s Hotels

Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Culture concluded its ‘Reading Marathon’ initiative with a record 606,000 pages read. The six-week event witnessed an unprecedented participation of readers from all segments of society. Launched in late April, the ministry’s initiative comes as part of its ‘Culture in Quarantine’ project, aimed at raising awareness about … Continue reading Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

CORONAVIRUS | Saudi Citizens Returning From Abroad Must Use ‘Tatamman’ E-Bracelet

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia introduced a new coronavirus – related health measure, an electronic bracelet for all Saudi nationals returning to the Kingdom from abroad, the Ministry of Health said on Friday. All Saudi citizens returning from abroad will be provided with a smart bracelet linked to the ‘Tataman’ (which translates to … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Saudi Citizens Returning From Abroad Must Use ‘Tatamman’ E-Bracelet

NEWS ALERT | King Salman Says Eid Prayer at Masjid Al-Haram Will Be Held Without Worshippers

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved on Saturday holding the Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Masjid al-Haram in Mekkah and Prophet’s Mosques in Madinah without any worshippers. General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosques and the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Abdul … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | King Salman Says Eid Prayer at Masjid Al-Haram Will Be Held Without Worshippers

NEWS | Saudi Arabia Offers Condolences To Pakistan Over Plan Crash

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Saman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, sent cables of condolences to Pakistan’s President Aref Alawi over Friday’s passenger plane crash. The Saudi Foreign Ministry also expressed its condolences to over the … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi Arabia Offers Condolences To Pakistan Over Plan Crash

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