Saudi Arabia says cases of Covid-19 higher among women than men

Nearly 55 per cent of the recently reported infected cases are among women in the country

A man displays his details on his mobile phone using the Tawakkalna app, which was launched by Saudi authorities to track people infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as he enters the Al-Othaim market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 22, 2021. Picture taken February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

Cases of Covid-19 are higher in women than men in Saudi Arabia because they are less likely to be vaccinated against the deadly virus, the kingdom’s health ministry said on Sunday.

The kingdom has reported a spike in cases during the last few weeks with daily cases reaching nearly 1,000 in comparison to less than 500 per day last month.

Nearly 55 per cent of the recently reported cases are among women in the country due to a lack of female demand for getting vaccinated, Dr Mohammed Al Abdul Ali, assistant Minister of Health and the ministry’s spokesman said.

“There has also been a surge in the number of women who have been admitted to intensive care units after their conditions turned critical,” Dr Ali said.

Women’s uptake of the vaccine is “below the expected level”, he said.