Saudi Arabia detects 21st coronavirus case in transiting passenger, Health Ministry says

Saudi Arabia detects 21st coronavirus case in transiting passenger, Health Ministry says

Saudi Health Ministry confirms a new case of coronavirus in the kingdom on Tuesday evening, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 21.

The passenger was changing flights in Jeddah airport as they returned to Cairo from the United States

The patient is an Egyptian transit passenger travelling from New York to Cairo via King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah.

The passenger has been detected using thermal cameras being used to monitor passenger temperature and the person was then isolated and transferred to a hospital in Jeddah, according to local sources.

The person had been in Egypt before flying to the US and returning over the previous 14 days.

Meanwhile, spokesperson of Health Ministry, Dr. Muhammad al-Abdulaali said that the epidemiological investigation identified 800 persons were in close contact with confirmed cases and more than 500,000 passengers have been examined at the Kingdom's ports, pointing out that, since the announcement of the first positive case in the Kingdom, the 937 Service Center received more than 60,000 calls about COVID-19.

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