Live Updates: GCC Tightens Restrictions As Global Cases Cross 700,000

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11:21 pm

More than 400 people have died in France in last 24 hours

An additional 418 people with coronavirus have died in the last 24 hours in France, Director-General of Health Jérôme Salomon said on Monday.

This is a 43% increase on Sunday’s figures, bringing the overall French coronavirus death toll to more than 3,000 since March 1.

Salomon said France now has a total of 44,150 confirmed cases of the virus.


11:00 pm

UAE: Automatic Residence Visa Extension Announced

The UAE Cabinet on Monday announced a slew of measures to counter any negative impact of the new coronavirus on various sectors of the country.

Among the major measures announced was the automatic extension for all residence visas expired after March 1, 2020, for a renewable period of three months, exempting the holder of any penalties.


10:35 pm


Italy will extend its lockdown at least until April 12 to help curb novel coronavirus infections that have already claimed 11,591 lives, the health minister said.


10:15 pm


The UAE extended the validity of government services that expired early March for three months, including documents, permits and licenses.


09:49 pm

63 Italian doctors have died

A total of 63 Italian doctors who caught coronavirus have now died, the Italian Association of Doctors said Monday afternoon.


09:28 pm


Egypt reported a new coronavirus death, bringing the total to 41, and 47 new confirmed cases, bringing the total of 656.


09:13 pm

Bahrain: 8 New Recoveries Today


09:00 pm

Germany is treating roughly 7,000 cases in hospitals

Germany is currently treating about 7,000 Covid-19 patients in hospitals, a spokesperson for the German Hospital Federation told CNN Monday.

Of these patients, 1,500 are in intensive care units and roughly 1,100 patients in the ICU units require ventilation.


08:40 pm


Turkey’s numbers continue to rise, with the death toll rising by 37 on Monday to hit 168 in total, and the total number of cases rose by 1,610 to reach 10,827 across the country.


08:19 pm

Bahrain: IGA Officially Launches ‘BeAware Bahrain’ Application

The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), in collaboration with the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19), has today launched the “BeAware Bahrain” application. The application is available to download free of charge on IOS and Andriod from


08:15 pm

Global Cases Update

Total: 752,830
Deaths: 36,230
Recoveries: 158,714


07:55 pm

Italy cases surpass 100,000

4050 new cases and 812 new deaths in Italy. Total cases reach to 101,739.


07:45 pm


Oman’s Ministry of Health has announced the registration of 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases registered in the Sultanate to 179. The ministry affirms that 29 cases have recovered.


07:45 pm

Spain Surpasses China With 85,195 Cases

Spain has become the third nation to surpass China in infections after the US and Italy.


07:44 pm

UAE Companies Allowed to Lay Off Staff, Cut Salary

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has allowed private sector businesses affected by the COVID-19 measures to restructure the contractual relationship with employees. These contractual changes are to be made in mutual agreement through gradual procedures.


07:35 pm

More than 22,000 people have tested positive in the UK

The UK Department of Health announced today that 22,141 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.

The government also published its UK death toll as 1,408 as of noon ET on Sunday.


07:32 pm


Kuwait registered 11 cases of the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 266.


07:31 pm


Qatar’s Health Ministry confirmed 44 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 634.


06:50 pm


Egypt announces the first death of a doctor in the country from coronavirus.


06:40 pm

English football club lends its London stadium

​Tottenham Hotspur F.C. announced that the club has made its London stadium and facilities available to officials to assist in local Covid-19 relief efforts beginning today.


06:38 pm

UAE: flydubai to Reduce Staff Pay for 3 Months


06:32 pm


UK’s coronavirus daily death toll drops for the second day in a row with 180 new fatalities recorded overnight taking total victim count to 1,408


06:30 pm

UAE: Dubai was set to host the world’s largest international expo this year

A one-year delay of Dubai’s Expo 2020 will be recommended to the governing body of the world expo due to the spread of coronavirus, a statement by the organizing steering committee said.

“The Committee collectively agreed to explore with the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the World Expo governing body, the possibility of a one-year delay to the opening of Expo 2020,” the statement read.


06:00 pm

There are now at least 140,570 cases and 2,443 deaths in the US


05:50 pm


King Salman has ordered free treatment be provided to all coronavirus patients in all government and private health facilities in Saudi Arabia.


05:45 pm

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum

A painting by Vincent van Gogh was stolen overnight from a Dutch museum closed for the Covid-19 epidemic.

The Singer Laren Museum just outside Amsterdam sai that the painting is Van Gogh’s “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring,” which had been on loan from the Groninger Museum.


05:20 pm

Saudi Arabia has recorded 154 new cases.


05:10 pm

India’s Garment Workers Stranded

The coronavirus pandemic has left tens of thousands of Indian garment workers stranded in cramped accommodation on factory premises where social distancing is difficult to put into practice, labour rights campaigners said on Monday.


04:55 pm

Tokyo Olympics to Start in July 2021

Tokyo organisers said on Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 – almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.


04:46 pm

UAE Extends Distance Learning Till End of School Year


04:30 pm

UAE tops 500 coronavirus cases

The UAE has reported 102 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 570.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) said the new infections came from people who did not adhere to social distancing rules, as well as from those who contracted the virus overseas.


04:25 pm

Bahrain: RERA provides all its services online

The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) has advised that all its services can be accessed electronically without a requirement to visit RERA’s offices.

“RERA is providing its full range of services electronically to licensees and other stakeholders, thereby removing the requirement of having to attend at RERA’s offices,” RERA CEO Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said.


04:07 pm

New Zealand

(AFP) – New Zealanders have become so keen to report their neighbours for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules that police on Monday (March 30) said a website dedicated to addressing the issue crashed soon after going live.


03:55 pm

Israel’s Netanyahu will self-isolate after aide tests positive

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several members of his office are to self-isolate after a close aide, Rivkah Paluch, tested positive for coronavirus.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu and colleagues would enter self-quarantine as a precaution while an epidemiological investigation was carried out into any possible exposure to the virus.


03:45 pm

Prince Charles out of isolation and in good health after diagnosis

Prince Charles is in good health after completing a mandated seven days of self-isolation for coronavirus.

“Clarence House has confirmed today that, having consulted with his doctor, The Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation,” a royal source told CNN.


03:36 pm

UK Outbreak ‘Starting to Slow’ But Deaths to Keep Rising

The UK’s coronavirus outbreak looks to be slowing down because of the Government’s unprecedented decision to put Britain in lockdown, one of Number 10’s leading experts said today.

Professor Neil Ferguson claims to have detected ‘early signs’ that the spread of the life-threatening infection was being curbed by the draconian measure, with the rate of increase in hospital admissions easing.


03:21 pm

Concern over infections spread by asymptomatic people in China

Asymptomatic people may be infecting others in China despite officials saying the risk of this is low, it has emerged. As China relaxes lockdown measures and people return to work, authorities are concerned about the possibility that asymptomatic carriers will continue spreading the virus.


03:06 pm

New breathing aid to be mass-produced if trials successful

A breathing aid that should help keep coronavirus-19 patients out of intensive care has been developed in Britain by a group including University College London researchers and the Mercedes Formula One team. Mercedes said that they can distribute up to 1,000 a day of the trials set to start this week are successful.


02:55 pm

From Wednesday, it will be compulsory to wear face masks in Austrian supermarkets


02:54 pm

Global infections pass 730,000


02:45 pm

Spain overtakes China in the number of cases

The latest figures from the health ministry show that Spain now has more coronavirus cases than China, where the disease erupted at the end of last year

Spain has a total of 85,195 cases, while China has 82,198. The statistics reveal that healthcare workers now account for around 14% of Spain’s total cases.


02:32 pm

The Tokyo Olympics will open on July 23 next year


02:11 pm

Bahrain: Jail, BD 5000 Fine for Manipulating Food Prices

Attorney General Ali bin Fadhl Al Buainain has pledged zero tolerance towards those who illegally and unethically take advantage of the current exceptional circumstances to compromise Bahrain’s food security or to manipulate the markets to hike prices.

Al Buainain also warned that those who seek to influence the prices of products in any way would be referred to criminal courts where they would face prison terms of up to five years and fines of at least BD5,000 in addition to the confiscation of the products.

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02:07 pm

Coronavirus, Price-War Push Oil Price to 17-year Low


01:55 pm

Dominic Cummings self isolates after showing symptoms

A top advisor to the British Prime Minister is self-isolating after showing symptoms of the coronavirus.


01:46 pm

Slight fall in number of deaths in Spain

According to the latest figures, released just now by the ministry of health, 812 people died from the virus between Sunday and Monday.

The virus has so far claimed 7,340 lives in Spain, and the country has now confirmed a total of 85,195 cases, up from 78,797 yesterday.

Spanish authorities said on 838 people died from Covid-19 between Saturday and Sunday, and 832 between Friday and Saturday.


01:43 pm

UAE 6th on Global Scale of Coronavirus Testing

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced it had completed more than 220,000 laboratory tests for coronavirus.

As of March 20, only China, South Korea, Italy, Germany and Russia had tested more than the UAE’s figure of 125,000 completed nasal swabs.


01:30 pm

UK outbreak showing signs of slowing

The coronavirus outbreak in the UK is showing early signs of slowing, according to Neil Ferguson, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London.

“We think the epidemic is just about slowing in the UK right now,” he told BBC Radio on Monday. “It is the result of the actions people have taken and governments have taken.”

However, he cautioned that the outbreak is in different stages in different parts of the country.

The UK had more than 19,500 positive cases as of Sunday, according to figures from the department of health and social care. At least 1,228 of those hospitalized have died.

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01:17 pm

Oman: Medical advice now through Instagram

Under the current health conditions, in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus, specialized doctors are providing medical advice via Instagram.

Oman medical special board said in a statement: “A group of specialized doctors from the board have initiated a project to provide specialist medical advice via Instagram under the current health conditions in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus.”

You can find the counselling services via these accounts.

Dermatology advice (oman_dermatology)

Mental health counselling (Oman psychiatrists)

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Family medicine consultations (


12:53 pm

Saudi: Thermal Drones Monitor Body Temperatures

Hi-tech thermal drones have been used in the Qassim region of Saudi Arabia to monitor the body temperatures of customers in open spaces like the livestock market in Buraidah, as part of precautionary measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The thermal cameras can monitor up to 24 people per second. If a person’s temperature reading is recorded to be high, they would be denied entry to the open market and asked to check with medical professionals immediately.

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12:47 pm

Bahrain: Repatriation flight postponed

The repatriation flight scheduled for citizens in Doha arriving from Iran will be reaching Bahrain tomorrow


12:38 pm

Zimbabwe starts 21-day lockdown


11:45 am

First day of a more restrictive lockdown in Spain

Spain is beginning its first day of even more restrictive lockdown after the government banned all non-essential workers from leaving their homes in a bid to arrest the spread of the coronavirus.

The country has so far recorded almost 80,000 cases of the virus and logged another record single-day toll yesterday after 838 people died between Saturday and Sunday.

The Madrid regional government has declared a mourning period for those killed by the disease, ordering flags to be flown at half-mast on official buildings and asking for a minute’s silence starts midday each day.

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11:29 am

Australia pledges $80 billion wages subsidy to protect jobs

The “job keeper” allowance brings the country’s coronavirus-related stimulus so far to A$320 billion, or about 15% of Australia’s gross domestic product.


11:12 am

Egypt: 33 new cases, 4 deaths

The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Egypt amounted to 609, including 40 dead and 132 recovered and discharged.


10:57 am

Bahrain: 15 New Cases, 7 Recoveries


10:35 am

EasyJet airline is grounding its entire fleet of planes

EasyJet has announced it is grounding its entire fleet of planes given the “unprecedented travel restrictions” put in place due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The company says it has reached an agreement with its union for “furlough arrangements” starting from April 1.


10:18 am

Kuwait: 5 new recoveries

Kuwaiti Minister of Health Shaikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah on Monday announced the recovery of five additional people from the novel coronavirus, raising the country’s total recoveries to 72.

The new recoveries include three Kuwaiti women and two female residents.


10:15 am

France death toll jumps

A spike of 292 deaths in 24 hours has put France’s death toll at 2,606, according to the country’s director-general of health. In total, France now has 40,174 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, a rise of 6.9% on the previous day.

France has the fifth-highest coronavirus death toll in the world, after Italy, Spain, China and Iran.


10:09 am

Bahrain: Warehouse Raids Aim to Control Food Prices

Three warehouses with large quantities of fruits and vegetables, some of which date back to February this year were found in the warehouse raids conducted by The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Field visits were conducted in warehouses and stores designated for vegetables and fruits in the areas of Sitra, Maamir, Samahij and Salmabad and the various central markets in the Kingdom of Bahrain to verify stock and availability.


09:42 am

USA extended social distancing guidelines to 30 April


09:22 am

3027 Bahrainis Abroad Wish to Return Home

It was revealed at the joint parliamentary-governmental meeting yesterday that the number of Bahrainis present abroad is currently 43,699 citizens distributed in a number of countries. Of them, about 3027 citizens want to return to the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.


08:53 am

Japan extends entry ban

Japan will expand its entry ban to include citizens travelling from the United States, China, South Korea and most of Europe amid a rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic.


08:44 am

Saudi to Process Urgent Requests to Travel Between Provinces

“Based on the curfew order and no-movement restrictions among the Kingdom’s 13 regions to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Spokesperson of the Public Security stated that a work team, which is affiliated to the Director-General of the Public Security’s office, is allocated to receive requests of movement among the Kingdom’s regions for those who have emergency and exceptional circumstances,” state news agency SPA reported.

“Requests are welcome throughout the day via the email:”

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The spokesperson said that any request should include the beneficiary’s information, a means of communication and a brief explanation of circumstances to move from a region to another, urging everyone to abide by the instructions and implement precautionary measures to prevent and help contain the spread of the coronavirus.


08:24 am

Germany: Cases at 57,298, deaths at 455


08:22 am

UK: Ventilator ‘Rationing’ Begins

Ventilator ‘rationing’ has begun in the UK as only patients with a ‘reasonable certainty’ of survival are to be put on the machines at a London hospital.

The UK coronavirus death toll has risen by 209 in 24 hours from 1,019 to 1,228, as infections jumped by 2,483 to 19,522.

Machines used to keep patients breathing are being restricted on medical grounds, not because of a lack of capacity, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust told the Daily Telegraph.

The trust said that ‘very poorly patients with coronavirus may need to be on a ventilator for extended periods’, adding that ‘for some patients, this would not be in their best interests’.

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A senior consultant said: ‘As we learn more about the disease, we are being much more careful about which patients are being considered for critical care. In normal times we will give most people the benefit of the doubt. That has changed.’


08:10 am

Kuwait Orders All Cafes to be Closed

Kuwait has ordered the closure of all cafes across the country. It comes as the country confirmed a further 20 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, taking the total number to 255.

Kuwait Municipality director-general Ahmad Al-Manfouhi said the decision applied to cafes in markets, shopping malls, fuel stations and rest stations on highways.

Delivery services outwith the current curfew hours (5 am to 7 pm) are still per allowed.


07:59 am

GCC total count stands at 3,424


07:54 am

Random Medical Screening Across Bahrain

The Ministry of Health has started conducting field visits across the Kingdom, including in Manama- Bab Al-Bahrain area, Durrat Al Bahrain and areas alongside the Budaiya highway, to collect random medical samples using mobile screening units.

The Ministry highlighted that a specialised medical team, along with a group of volunteers participating in the Kingdom’s Public Awareness Campaign to Combat Coronavirus, have organised the campaign to obtain random medical samples, from the elderly, individuals who are susceptible to COVID-19, owners of hypermarkets, supermarkets, cold-stores, bakeries and pharmacies, in order to safeguard the community.

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07:40 am

Global Count

The pandemic has killed over 33,000 people. The total number of confirmed cases is currently at 716,101.




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