LIVE UPDATES: GCC Tightens Restrictions as Cases Surge

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11:30 pm

4083 new cases and 173 new deaths in Germany


11:02 pm

128 new cases and 9 new deaths in Egypt


11:01 pm

23410 new cases and 1603 new deaths in the United States


10:42 pm

Saudi: Number of Coronavirus Infections Could Reach 200,000

The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.


10:34 pm

More than 300,000 People Recovered Worldwide

As the rate of new coronavirus cases continues to climb worldwide, new data shows more than 300,000 people have recovered from the infection since the outbreak began in late December.

There have been more than 1,414,710 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, with more than 300,000 recoveries and more than 81,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


10:04 pm

Bahrain: MOH Shares Multilingual Guide on How to Make Masks at Home

The Ministry of Health has produced a guide in different languages on how to make face masks at home. The videos can be found in the Ministry’s youtube channel.


09:43 pm

Bahrain: One Death Recorded Today

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that one person died today due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the country’s death toll to five. The deceased patient was a 70-year-old Bahraini citizen, with underlying health conditions.

The deceased got the necessary treatment and care around the clock by the medical team. He and all the cases in isolation and treatment centers, were subjected to necessary analyses carried out continuously.

Currently, there are 341 active cases in Bahrain.


09:18 pm

France: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 10,000

France has officially registered more than 10,000 deaths from coronavirus infections on Tuesday, becoming the fourth country to go beyond that threshold after Italy, Spain and the US, while the rate of increase of fatalities is up for the second day running.


09:08 pm

Saudi: Uber Temporarily Halts Services in Some Cities

Uber said on Tuesday it was temporarily halting its services in several Saudi Arabian cities and governorates after a round-the-clock curfew was announced to limit the spread of the coronavirus.


09:00 pm

There are now at least 378,289 cases in the US


08:50 pm

Bahrain: Closure of cinemas, gyms, pools will be effective until 23rd April

The following decisions were taken, effective from 19h00, Thursday 09 April, to Thursday 23 April:

·  Movie theatres are to remain closed

·  All commercial sports gymnasiums, fitness studios, swimming pools and recreational activities are to remain closed

·  The activities of all restaurants, tourist facilities and places for serving food and beverages are to remain limited to external orders and delivery services

·  Shisha Cafes are to remain closed. Services offered by these cafes are to remain limited to takeout and delivery of food and beverages only

·  Salons are to remain closed

·  All non-essential medical services provided by private health clinics are to remain suspended.

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·  The first hour of grocery store openings is to remain dedicated for the elderly and pregnant women

·  Public gatherings are to remain limited to 5 individuals or fewer. Individuals are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, only going out for necessities

·  All citizens and residents are required to wear face masks whilst in public

·  Commercial and industrial businesses providing goods or services directly to customers, are to open and resume work provided the following conditions are met:

o Employees and visitors are required to wear a face mask

o The number of employees in any facility is reduced and overcrowding in stores is actively prevented to ensure sufficient social distancing measures are maintained at all times.

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o Stores must ensure continuous sterilization, including external premises, in accordance to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health

o Queuing line-ups outside stores must be arranged in accordance to the social distancing measures issued by the Ministry of Health

·  Private Sector enterprises are encouraged to follow the below guidelines:

o Remote working to be maintained, if and when possible

o The number of employees to be limited at any certain location, office and employees are instructed to adhere to social distancing measures

o Employees using corporate transportation methods, such as buses, to be reduced


08:36 pm

Bahrain: Three Positive Cases Recorded in Alba

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) announced in its social media today that three of its contractor’s employees tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to the post, the three infected contractors are now under quarantine and all people who have been in contact with them have been reached out to take the necessary precautions instructed by the Ministry of Health’s Coronavirus Combat Team (which can be reached by calling 444).


08:30 pm

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 786

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 786, according to new figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care.

More than 55,000 people have tested positive.


08:04 pm

UK official on Boris Johnson’s health: “He is a fighter”

Dominic Raab — the UK’s foreign secretary, who Prime Minister Boris Johnson deputized as he was hospitalized for coronavirus — said the prime minister is stable and called him a fighter.


07:48 pm

Bahrain: Face Masks Must Be Worn By All in Public

In a press conference conducted by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the National Taskforce, it was announced that all citizens and residents will be required to wear face masks in public.

The masks need not be N95 surgical masks, they can be simple cloth masks or even made at home, it was stated.

Larger quantities of masks will be made available at pharmacies and supermarkets by 9th April, by the time of opening of other commercial establishments.

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07:44 pm

Bahrain: No Curfew Required in the Kingdom

In a press conference held today, the Ministry of Health reiterated the decisions that will be continued in Bahrain, to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The ministry also announced that there is no curfew required in the Kingdom.


07:30 pm

Bahrain: Gyms, Cinemas and Salons to Remain Closed for 2 Weeks

In a press conference held today, the Ministry of Health reiterated the decisions that will be continued in Bahrain for two weeks, to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

This includes the following:

  • Closing cinemas, gyms, and private pools
  • Limiting activities of restaurants to delivery and takeaway
  • Closing shisha shops
  • Closing salons
  • Utilising the first hour of shops to elderly and pregnant women
  • Limiting gatherings to five people

The Ministry also commented that shops shall continue observing precautionary measures. This includes limiting the number of people, implementing social distancing procedures, organising waiting queues and continuously sanitising and disinfecting the premises.

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07:00 pm

More than 5,400 patients have died in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at least 5,489 people across the state have died from coronavirus — that’s up from 4,758 yesterday


06:14 pm

Bahrain: More Than 50,000 People Have Been Tested


05:55 pm

Bahrain: 41 New Cases From Expat Workers in Hidd

The Ministry of Health announces the registration of 55 existing cases, of which 41 were detected in the housing of expat workers in Al Hidd region.

The Ministry of Health confirmed that it immediately took precautionary and preventive measures for all those involved in these cases.


05:30 pm

Bahrain: Ministry of Health continues to conduct field visits across Kingdom to enhance containment measures

The ministry confirmed the specialised medical team visited Block 303, a number of labour dormitories in Hidd town, Alba industrial zone, as well as various locations near private hospitals in the Capital Governorate and Muharraq.


05:25 pm

Japan declares state of emergency, ramping up virus battle

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges.

But the move came in the form of a stay-at-home request — not an order — and violators will not be penalized.


04:31 pm

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Spikes to 3,872; Total Cases Over 62,000


04:20 pm

Bahrain: COVID-19 Testing Booth Set Up at Private Hospital

The Ministry of Health and the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) in association with Al Hilal Hospital and Medical centres set up the booth at the hospital’s Muharraq Branch.


04:07 pm

UAE: Flydubai Starts Ticket Booking to India, Pakistan

Dubai’s budget carrier flydubai on Tuesday said it has opened flight tickets for sale to India and Pakistan from next week to repatriate stranded people in the UAE.


04:00 pm

Formula One places 50% of staff in temporary leave while management and executives take voluntary pay cuts

Formula One has placed 50% of its staff into temporary furlough whilst the sport’s Chief Executive, Chase Carey, will take a significant voluntary salary cut as part of measures to reduce costs during the coronavirus crisis.

In addition, Formula One directors and executives have voluntarily agreed to take a 20% pay cut.

The furloughing of staff will be in place to the end of May.


03:55 pm

School closures may only have a small effect on stopping coronavirus, study says

A new study by researchers at University College London said recent modeling studies of Covid-19 suggest that school closures alone would prevent only 2% to 4% of deaths — far fewer than other social distancing interventions.

The research, published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health medical journal late on Monday, reviewed 16 studies looking at past epidemics of SARS, MERS and seasonal flu, as well as others modeling the spread of the novel coronavirus, and found that the evidence to support national closures of schools to combat Covid-19 is “very weak.”

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03:22 pm

UK PM Boris Johnson in Stable Condition

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in stable condition and good spirits


03:01 pm

WHO says Iran’s new coronavirus cases ‘flattening off’

Iran has been seeing a “flattening off” of the number of new coronavirus cases, the WHO East Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) said in a press conference on Tuesday.

Iran confirmed 133 more coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 3,872 according to Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpoor on state TV.

Iran is the worst affected country in the Middle East, with the highest case count and death toll.


02:45 pm

Britain could be worst hit in Europe

Britain will suffer 66,000 coronavirus deaths and be hit the hardest out of any nation in Europe, leading scientists have predicted.

Modelling conducted by researchers at the University of Washington showed that approximately 151,680 people were likely to die from the virus across the continent.

It found that Britain could experience 66,000 COVID-19 deaths by July, far more than Italy, the next most severely impacted, with around 20,000.

Spain and France would be third and fourth worst-hit, losing 19,000 and 15,000 patients, respectively.

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Most European nations have introduced strict social distancing measures to try to stem the virus spread.

More than 5,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Britain, fewer than in Spain, Italy and France.

But Britain’s epidemic lags behind the rest of the continent by several days, and its death toll trajectory is already steeper than other nations.


02:31 pm

94 doctors and 26 nurses in Italy have died of coronavirus

Ninety-four doctors have died of coronavirus, the Italian association of doctors said Tuesday. Twenty-six nurses have also died after contracting the virus, the press officer of the Italian federation of nurses said, adding that there were 6,549 infected nurses in total.

As of Monday, the total number of healthcare workers infected by coronavirus is 12,681, according to the Italian Institute of Health.


02:13 pm

Spain coronavirus case and death rate increases again

The rate of new infections and deaths from the novel coronavirus in Spain has increased after a week-long decline, data from the Spanish Health Ministry released shows.

Figures released by the ministry show that 743 people have died in the past 24 hours – a 5.7% increase in total deaths. This is a slight acceleration on Monday’s data, which recorded 637 new deaths – a 5.1% increase on the previous day’s total deaths.

The number of active cases has also gone up from 81,540 to 83,504, representing a growth of 2.4% on Monday’s numbers. That also shows an acceleration compared to Monday, where there was only a 1.6% increase

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Jump in ICU patients: There was also a jump in the number of patients admitted to intensive care units in the past 24 hours, with Spanish authorities counting 130 new cases. Monday saw the lowest daily increase since March 16, with only 70 new cases in Spanish ICUs.

Some 43,208 have now recovered from the virus, according to the health ministry.


02:00 pm

Paris announces daytime ban on outdoor exercise

The mayor of Paris says that from Wednesday, people wishing to exercise outdoors in the French capital will have to do so before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. local time.

“From April 8, 2020, outings for individual sports activities will no longer be authorized between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. throughout the territory of Paris. They therefore remain authorized from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m., when the crowds in the streets are the smallest,” read a statement released on Tuesday.

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01:43 pm

Dubai Extends Suspension of Commercial Activities

Dubai extended the temporary closure of commercial activities in the emirate until April 18 in line with its ongoing efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Vital sectors exempted from the lockdown will continue to operate as usual.

Supermarkets and pharmacies are considered essential services and have stayed open while bars, malls, and other commercial activities have been forced to close. Restaurants are operating delivery-only.


01:20 pm

U.S death toll nears 11,000

There are at least 368,449 cases of coronavirus in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases.

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The US death toll from the virus is nearing 11,000, as the country prepares for what the President has warned will be a “difficult” week-and-a-half — according to Johns Hopkins’ tally, 10,993 people have died.


12:50 pm

Deaths will keep rising in Germany because of outbreaks in care homes, officials warn

German officials warned today that the country should expect to see a rise in coronavirus deaths because of outbreaks in care homes and assisted living facilities.

There will likely be no letting up of new cases in the coming days, warned the president of the Robert Koch Institute, a federal government research agency.

There were 3,834 new cases and 173 deaths yesterday, the institute said.

That brings the national total to 103,375 cases and 1,810 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.


12:28 pm

Bahrain: Tamkeen to Help Private Sector Combat COVID-19 Impact

The Board of Directors of the Labour Fund ‘Tamkeen’ reviewed the proposal of the Business Continuity Support Program which Tamkeen is providing as part of its ongoing national efforts to combat the repercussions of the Coronavirus and the impact it has caused on economic levels.

The Business Continuity Support Program aims to target the private sector enterprises, to provide them with the necessary support at this stage, based on the economic repercussions caused by the global spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19).

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11:57 am

Japan has officially declared a state of emergency

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formally declared a one-month state of emergency just now at a task force meeting.

The state of emergency will last from today through May 6, and be in place across seven virus-hit prefectures, including Tokyo.

Under the declaration, “basic economic activity” will still continue, with public transport and supermarkets remaining open. People are urged to stay at home and not make unnecessary trips.


11:40 am

Bahrain: 532 Leave After Completing Precautionary Quarantine

Today, 6 more have left precautionary quarantine after completing necessary tests and procedures ensuring their health, announced the Ministry of Health.

With this, the total number of people who have left precautionary quarantine reached 532 in Bahrain, as compared to 526 previously.


11:20 am

France has not yet reached the peak and things will get worse, warns health minister

France has not yet reached the peak of its coronavirus outbreak, health minister Olivier Veran said today.

The country’s containment measures and emergency restrictions would last as long as necessary, he said.

France has recorded 98,984 cases and 8,911 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s the fifth-highest number of cases globally and the third-highest number of deaths.


11:00 am

Saudi Records 147 New Cases, Total now 2,752

Saudi Arabia recorded 147 new coronavirus cases bringing the total to 2,752 as of Tuesday morning, according to the health ministry.

The death toll is now 35 in the Kingdom. Meanwhile, 551 people have recovered.


10:47 am

Philippines extends lockdown to end of April

The Enhanced Community Quarantine was due to end next week but would be extended until April 30.


10:46 am

Switzerland reports 552 new cases

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Switzerland, with 552 new infections identified yesterday.

The national total has reached at least 21,652 cases, according to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. The death toll stands at 584.

Switzerland has a population of around 8.5 million, meaning there are about 252 cases per every 100,000 residents.


10:29 am

UAE reports 277 new cases, total rises to 2,076

The UAE reports 277 new coronavirus cases and one new virus-related death in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 2,076, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday.

The new death is of an individual of Asian origins who died due to complications, the spokeswoman for the ministry Dr Farida al-Husseini said.

Meanwhile, 23 people have recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 167.

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10:26 am

40 New Cases in Oman; Expected to Peak Mid-April

The Ministry of Health has registered 40 new coronavirus cases in Oman.

The total cases in the country have now touched 371, including 67 recoveries and two deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Oman are expected to peak in mid-April, the country’s Ministry of Health has said.


09:55 am

Kuwait Locks Down Two Areas; Extends Curfew

Kuwait’s Cabinet has decided to impose a total lockdown on some areas for the next two weeks.

The areas that will go into isolation will be Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Mahboula areas of Kuwait city.

The Cabinet has also extended the curfew countrywide from 5 pm until 6 am, until further notice.


09:46 am

Qatar Reports 228 New Cases, Total 1,832


09:33 am

Over 1,200 Bahrainis Evacuated from Other Countries

Bahrain has so far evacuated over 1200 citizens from overseas countries due to the outbreak novel coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.

The Foreign Ministry exerted all efforts through different directorates, embassies and consulates abroad to survey the number of citizens in overseas countries. Then, an evacuation was planned, starting with Bahraini students in China particularly – in addition to Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Jordan, the GCC and other countries.


09:18 am

New Zealand’s health minister has been demoted after breaking lockdown rules to go to the beach

Instead of being fired, he will be stripped of his role as Associate Finance Minister and demoted to the bottom of the Cabinet rankings.


09:06 am

For the first time since January, China has reported no new deaths


08:55 am

Saudi confirms 82 new cases

The Ministry of Health reported 82 new cases of the novel Coronavirus COVID-19, bringing to 2016 the number of active cases in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom has reached 2605 cases so far, out of which 551 who contracted the disease have recovered.


08:43 am

Kuwait – 109 new cases

The Ministry of Health confirmed 109 new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which were detected over the past 24 hours, bringing the overall number of infected people to 665.


08:17 am

South Korea records fewer than 50 new cases for a second day in a row


08:06 am

Saudi Extends 24-Hour Curfew to More Cities

A curfew will be effective in all parts of the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, and Hafouf as well as throughout the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar for a period of 24 hours a day, with the continuing ban of entry into and exit from all cities and governorates, as of today until further notice.


07:44 am

The US now has more than 368,000 cases

The United States now has at least 368,196 cases of the coronavirus and 10,986 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

There were 30,576 new cases and 1,343 deaths reported on Monday.

The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all cases repatriated from overseas.

Wyoming is the only state not reporting a death from coronavirus.



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