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, two days earlier than a tightly managed Thursday hajj.
The state-run SPA information 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 non secular 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 performing as intermediaries within the fraud.
Those accused of utilizing the illlicit 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 an analogous conspiracy to vary coronavirus information illegally.
A felony investigation was begun into that case, however the variety of suspects has not been disclosed.
More than 21 million coronavirus vaccine does have been administered within the Gulf nation of 34 million individuals, based on well being ministry information revealed on Thursday.
On Wednesday the ministry introduced 1,226 new circumstances and 14 deaths, bringing the overall variety of infections to 504,960 and the cumulative demise depend to eight,020.
Only the vaccinated will be capable to 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 might be allowed to return to the office.
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