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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has recorded an increase in COVID-19 cases with 569 new infections reported on Tuesday, the highest daily tally since February 28 this year.

The latest increase brought the total number of confirmed cases to 756,549 during the pandemic, the health ministry said.

Daily recoveries totaled 105 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 742,782 (97% of all COVID-19 cases).

No deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported, with the Kingdom’s death toll remaining unchanged at 9,104.

The Kingdom conducted around 20,430 new tests, with the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered rising to 64.6 million.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization hailed the Kingdom’s hand hygiene program as one of the most successful of its kind in the world, the health ministry said in a statement to Arab News.

The comments came in a report released by the WHO on World Hand Hygiene Day, which takes place on May 5 every year. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the success of hand hygiene around the world”.

In 2009, following the launch of the WHO campaign “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands”, the Kingdom launched a national hand hygiene programme. Since then, the country has significantly improved hand hygiene, as well as infection prevention and control.

“In 2019, the Council of Ministers recognized hand hygiene as the most important intervention to reduce hospital-acquired infections with the highest possible level of national legislation,” the Ministry of Health said.

“This meant making the practice of hand hygiene mandatory for healthcare practitioners, requiring all healthcare facilities to use WHO tools to assess compliance, and directing all healthcare sectors to launch and to intensify educational programs on hand hygiene in health establishments.

A large network of hand hygiene coordinators has been formed, the ministry said, adding that every health facility in the Kingdom must have at least one hand hygiene coordinator, whether a hospital, primary health care centre, dental center or dialysis centre.

The number of accredited coordinators in the first quarter of this year reached 2,100.


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