Cairo: A Saudi woman aged 106 has recovered from COVID-19 after having caught the potentially fatal disease, a health official said Tuesday.
The woman, a resident of the Saudi border city of Arar, had displayed symptoms of the new coronavirus while suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, health spokesman in the Northern Border Province Fahd Al Anazi told Okaz newspaper.
She was transferred to hospital where she later recovered without need to be placed on a ventilator, he added. “She has recovered and left the hospital,” Al-Anazi said. It was not clear how the woman had contracted COVID-19.
Governor of the Northern Border Region Prince Faisal Bin Khaled Bin Sultan called her and inquired after her health, Okaz said.
A total of 407 coronavirus infections and 10 related deaths have been recorded in the province.
Saudi Arabia so far has reported a total of 186,436 virus cases including 1,599 deaths. The number of recovered patients has reached 127,118 so far.
In recent weeks, the Health Ministry has intensified efforts to raise public awareness about preventing the spread of the highly contagious disease, as the kingdom is gradually coming back to normal life.
The ministry particularly advises against shaking hands as a precaution to protect the elderly people, saying their weak immunity makes them susceptible to infection.
Last week, Saudi authorities fully lifted a months-long curfew across the country and allowed all economic activities to resume according to a phased plan for returning to normal life.