Microchipped Carpets Introduced in Masjid Al Nabawi
As part of its ongoing efforts and plans to prepare the Prophet’s Mosque for visitors and worshipers, the Prophet’s Mosque Affairs Agency has renewed the carpets of the old Mosque, which are being intensively purified, sterilized and cared for around the clock.
The carpets of the Prophet’s Mosque are among the luxurious Saudi carpets of high quality, which is characterized by the inclusion of an electronic chip on each carpet, where it is read by means of RFID, which is linked to an electronic system that contains information about the carpet since its manufacture, use, location and washing times, counting the numbers of carpets and identifying each sample individually from By printing the item's data on a digital coding "barcode", which allows tracking the carpets with ease and knowing the full details of the carpet movement processes inside the Prophet's Mosque and its courtyards.
The agency pays special attention to the carpets in the old Haram due to the large number of visitors and worshipers in it, as it is given special care in accordance with the periodic plans implemented by the Department of Disinfection and Carpets. These efforts come within the developmental work that the Agency provides to the Prophet’s Mosque to improve the services provided in the Mosque of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and to overcome all obstacles and to facilitate visitors to perform their worship with ease and ease.
New recoveries reported amounted to 77, raising the total number to 535,450
JEDDAH: A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is unnecessary, according to Saudi health experts.
“If the two doses of the vaccine prevent severe illness/staying in hospital/death, it does not make sense for the general population to receive a third dose,” said deputy health minister for preventive health, Dr. Abdullah Assiri.
Assiri, who is also an infectious diseases consultant, added: “At this stage of excellent vaccination coverage, we need to reconsider the rationale and method of laboratory testing for COVID-19, and judge the pandemic only from the perspective of the burden of disease on society.”
The comments came after news of proposed booster shots of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for the general public, and third jabs for people aged 65 and older and other vulnerable groups.
Meanwhile, infectious disease expert, Ahmed Al-Hakawi, said that accelerating demand for approval of a third (booster) dose for everyone was not supported by a study he cited.
The total number of coronavirus cases in KSA reached 546,479.
Titled “Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine through 6 Months,” the study, published on Sept. 15, was conducted on more than 45,000 participants in 152 sites in six countries.
The study concluded that “through 6 months of follow-up and despite a gradual decline in vaccine efficacy, BNT162b2 had a favorable safety profile and was highly efficacious in preventing COVID-19.”
“The vaccine still provides protection against severe disease even six months after the second dose,” said Al-Hakawi, who is also a hospital epidemiologist in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia recorded 68 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 546,479, the Ministry of Health said.
Of Saturday’s cases, 20 were in Makkah, 17 in the Riyadh region and seven in the Eastern Province. Hail and Najran were the regions with the lowest case count, posting just one each.
New recoveries reported amounted to 77, raising the total number to 535,450.
With the high recovery rate, the number of active cases has declined to 2,373, of which 361 are in critical care.
Five people have died in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of deaths to 8,656.
More than 40.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom at the rate of 201,505 a day.
At this rate, Saudi Arabia could have 70 percent of its population fully vaccinated by Oct. 31.
The Ministry of Health said that 587 centers across all regions of the Kingdom processed the inoculations. Those who have not yet received a vaccine were urged to get one.
The ministry renewed its call for citizens and residents to adhere to precautionary measures and to register with the Sehhaty app to receive vaccines.
Meanwhile, testing hubs and treatment centers set up throughout the country have helped millions of people since the pandemic outbreak.
Taakad centers provide COVID-19 testing for those who show no or only mild symptoms or believe they have come into contact with an infected individual.
Tetamman clinics offer treatment and advice to those with virus symptoms such as fever, loss of taste and smell, and breathing difficulties.
Appointments for both services can be made via the ministry’s Sehhaty app.
CEO of Council of British Hajjis says precautionary measures during every step of Umrah were thoroughThe CEO encouraged other British Muslims to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah
September 30, 2021
RIYADH: The number of pilgrims and worshippers allowed to perform Umrah and pray at the Grand Mosque in Makkah will increase from Friday.
Up to 100,000 pilgrims will be able to perform Umrah daily, an increase of 30,000 to the current capacity, and 60,000 worshippers will be able to pray at the mosque.
Permits are issued through the Tawakkalna application.
The resumption of Umrah for pilgrims from other countries started on Aug. 10. as the Kingdom continues to ease coronavirus restrictions.
The CEO of the Council of British Hajjis, Rashid Mogradia, performed Umrah this month and said the experience was “heartwarming.”
“The Kingdom has done a remarkable job in controlling the spread of the coronavirus. We can see that the precautionary measures the Kingdom has taken have paid dividends now and there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Mogradia said.
“We are seeing Umrah traffic on the increase locally and we’ve started seeing UK companies and British pilgrims embarking on the journey of Umrah,” he added.
The CEO encouraged other British Muslims to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah and said precautionary measures within the Kingdom during every step on his Umrah journey were thorough.
“This includes the national carrier Saudia that I flew out with. They did a fantastic job in making sure that seats were sanitized and everybody got a safety pack that comprised of hand santizer, wipes and nice printed face masks,” Mogradia said.
“It was quite encouraging and heartwarming to see a lot more pilgrims performing Umrah and tawaf compared to my experience in November 2020 which felt like I was the only one there,” he added.
“I feel privileged and honored to have been able to perform Umrah as we know it is a divine calling. I want to encourage everybody to put aside any concerns because there are none.”
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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