Saudi: Ramadan Gatherings Cause Cases to Spike in Women, Children

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Cases of the killer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Saudi children were on Thursday reported to have shot up by 125 percent during Ramadan, health officials revealed.

And a “dangerous” rise of 100 percent in infections among women over the same festival period prompted fresh warnings from authorities for people to avoid social gatherings and adhere to preventive measures aimed at stopping a second deadly wave of the virus.

Saudi Arabia’s R0 — pronounced R-naught — infections rating was getting perilously close to one, said Ministry of Health spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly. Above that figure, each infection among the population would cause more than one new COVID-19 case, and the disease would spread exponentially, resulting in an outbreak. If R0 was below one, the disease would shrink and eventually die out.

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