Saudi Arabia recorded no cases of coronavirus despite initial report of one case

A general view of a busy street in the capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia has recorded no cases of the coronavirus in the Kingdom, according to the Minister of Health Tawfiq al-Rabiah, despite initial reports that there was one infected patient.

The minister's statement, issued on Sunday stated: "The staff at the [airport] clinics are inspecting all passengers arriving from China and measuring their vitals."

A week earlier on Thursday, India’s minister of state for external affairs said an Indian nurse working at a hospital in southern Saudi Arabia had been infected by the coronavirus amid an outbreak that has killed more than a 100 people in China.

The Saudi Center For Disease Prevention and Control said last week that there were “no cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Saudi Arabia so far.”

With wires

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57