The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) said Saturday that there is no confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID19) in the country so far.
In a statement, the said that it is monitoring the developments of the disease globally. The ministry noted the increase of confirmed cases in several countries globally in addition to the confirmed cases announced recently in the region.
The Ministry of Public Health continues to develop the screening procedures as dictated by the changes and information received from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The ministry advised citizens and residents against traveling to China and advised to avoid traveling unnecessarily to countries that announced an outbreak (COVID19) including South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Iran, whether for tourism, work or other reasons.
The ministry advised those who are traveling there that they must avoid contact with anyone who showed symptoms of the respiratory infections to wash and sanitize their hands frequently.
The ministry called on all travelers coming from the mentioned countries to monitor their health status within 14 days of returning from those countries and to communicate with the designated health authorities as soon as any symptoms related to respiratory infections appear. It explained that COVID19's symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure.
The Ministry of Health has provided all the capabilities required to ensure the diagnosis and treatment of cases when they are discovered and the necessary measures to quarantine patients when necessary. The ministry added that such measures help the state in strengthening its procedures and health monitoring in all state border crossing points. The ministry also worked on raising awareness to ensure that the public has the correct and accurate information about the disease and the most important methods of prevention.
The rapid response team in the Ministry of Public Health operates around the clock and receives any communications or inquiries related to transmission diseases, including the novel Coronavirus.