Saudi Arabia confirms first coronavirus case
March 2, 2020 11:41 PM
Saudi Arabia on Monday confirmed the first coronavirus case in the Kingdom.
According to Saudi media, the Saudi citizen travelled from Iran to the country through Bahrain. The victim did not disclose to Saudi authorities that he had visited Iran before Bahrain.
The health ministry said it sent an infection control team immediately to check the citizen, and to take a sample for laboratory examination. The results confirmed the man was infected with deadly coronavirus.
The ministry said it had ensured that the infected person remained isolated in hospital and was receiving medical treatment.
The health ministry urged residents to contact its hotline on 937 for any virus related query.
On Monday, Iran said that novel coronavirus had killed 12 more people in the Islamic republic, raising the country's overall death toll to 66.
The virus has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, mainly in China, and its effects are being felt across the global economy.
Sport is no exception
The coronavirus is disrupting sport around the world with the Moto Grand Prix in Qatar and Thailand postponed, a host of football matches put off to a later date and increasing concerns surrounding the Tokyo Olympics later this year.
In Italy, the European country with the highest number of deaths at 34, the outbreak wreaked havoc with Serie A football matches at the weekend.
Six games were postponed, including the clash between defending champions Juventus and title rivals Inter Milan in Turin, originally scheduled to be the showpiece match on Sunday evening.
The Italian government has signed a decree that stops sporting activity in the northern regions that have been worst hit by the virus until March 8, unless it is held behind closed doors.
That decision means another five matches next week can only go ahead if played in empty stadiums.
The Italian league has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday in which discussions will be held on how to manage the fixture chaos.
Football in Asia has been massively disrupted, with the start of Japan’s J-League postponed till mid-March and a hugely rearranged fixture list for the continental competitions.
Six Nations under threat
Rugby officials will gather in the French capital to consider if more alterations are needed to the calendar for the final two rounds of the Six Nations Championship.
The March 7 game between Ireland and Italy in Dublin has already been postponed and no replacement date has yet been set.
The annual tournament—Europe’s premier rugby competition—is scheduled to conclude with matches involving all six teams on March 14.