Saudi medical staff celebrate the closure of the hospital’s isolation rooms
A video has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows Russian healthcare workers celebrating a new vaccine for the novel coronavirus. The claim is false; the video shows medical staff celebrating the closures of isolation rooms at King Saud Medical City Al-Shumaisi Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The video, posted here on Facebook on August 12, 2020, has been viewed more than 250,000 times.
The caption, written in simplified Chinese characters, translates to English as: “The vaccine is out. Russian health care workers are removing their masks. Humans are saved!”
On August 11, 2020, President Vladimir Putin declared Russia the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, AFP reported here.
A reverse image search on Google led to this video posted on Twitter on August 11, 2020.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading post (L) and the Twitter video (R):
Translated to English, the Arabic-language tweet says: “The joy of the medical and nursing staff at King Saud Medical City #AlShumaisi by closing the isolation wards designated for #Covid19 in the General Hospital, after a significant decline in the number of injuries and an increase in the rate of recovery, praise be to God.”
The next day, he retweeted the video with a clarification comment. Translated from Arabic, it says: “This is to clarify that this ward has 80 intensive care beds at the general hospital at KSMC. It was closed after the number of cases decreased, the intensive care was expanded from 130 beds to 460 for Covid-19. There are still cases of Covid-19 please follow the recommendations on the Health Ministry. Thanks to the medical staff, a special thanks to @tfrabiah.”
@tfrabiah is the official Twitter account of Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah.
Saudi24 News published this report on August 11, 2020, titled: “Video .. Medical personnel at King Saud Medical City celebrate the closure of the Corona case isolation ward.”
The first paragraph of the report says: “The director of the General Hospital of King Saud Medical City, Dr. Khaled Al-Dahmashi, published a video clip of the joy of the medical and nursing staff in closing the isolation wards designated for cases of infection with the emerging corona virus.”