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Saudi Smashes Fraud COVID-19 Testing, Vacccination Ring Ahead Of Hajj

60,000 Saudi residents with vaccine certificates will be a part of Hajj this 12 months. (File)

Riyadh:

Saudi Arabia has arrested greater than 120 individuals suspected of supplying or procuring fraudulent coronavirus vaccine and take a look at certificates, official media mentioned Thursday, two days earlier than a tightly managed hajj.

The state-run SPA news company mentioned 9 well being ministry officers are among the many accused, who’ve all pleaded responsible.

Some 60,000 Saudi residents with vaccine certificates will be a part of this 12 months’s spiritual pilgrimage, the second time the gathering has been massively curtailed due to the pandemic.

The suspects within the fraudulent certificates case are alleged to have used social media to promote their companies.

These included altering an infection standing, vaccination standing and whether or not one dose or two had been administered, SPA reported.

Twenty-one individuals — 9 Saudi residents and 12 residents — are accused of appearing as intermediaries within the fraud.

These accused of utilizing the illicit companies are 76 residents and 16 residents.

Saudi authorities introduced in July that two well being ministry officers have been amongst a number of suspects arrested in the same conspiracy to alter coronavirus knowledge illegally.

A felony investigation was begun into that case, however the variety of suspects has not been disclosed.

Greater than 21 million coronavirus vaccine does have been administered within the Gulf nation of 34 million individuals, based on well being ministry knowledge revealed on Thursday.

On Wednesday the ministry introduced 1,226 new circumstances and 14 deaths, bringing the full variety of infections to 504,960 and the cumulative demise depend to eight,020.

Solely the vaccinated will be capable of enter authorities buildings, instructional institutions or leisure venues or use public transport as of August.

And solely vaccinated employees in each the private and non-private sectors will likely be allowed to return to the office.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by The Press Reporter employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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