Live Updates: Over 1,900 Cases, 6 Deaths in GCC

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10:11 pm

Bahrain: Lulu Group Airlifts Food Consignment on Gulf Air

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10:05 pm

UAE

Dubai Municipality announced the closure of men’s salons and women’s beauty centers for two weeks, subject to change, as “preventive measures to ensure the health and safety of the community.”

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10:00 pm

Global Cases – Live Count

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 192 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

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10:00 pm

UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that more than 400,000 people had volunteered to help the National Health Service (NHS) cope with the coronavirus crisis within 24 hours of a government appeal for volunteers.

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09:45 pm

British diplomat dies in Budapest

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09:30 pm

Italy records 683 deaths in past 24 hours

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09:30 pm

Spanish deputy prime minister tests positive

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09:15 pm

The Palestinians reported their first death

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08:55 pm

UK

The UK will have test kits available within days to be sent to households to establish whether people have contracted the new coronavirus and developed immunity, a health official said on Wednesday.

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08:55 pm

UAE

The UAE’s Ministry of the Interior referred 64 people who had been in contact with people confirmed to be infected with coronavirus to the Public Prosecution for Emergencies and Crises at the Federal Public Prosecution, for violating government measures and not following the procedures and instructions issued by health authorities to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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08:50 pm

Canada enforces mandatory 2-week quarantine for all travelers entering

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08:42 pm

Bahrain: Lulu Group Airlifts Food Consignment on Gulf Air

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08:35 pm

Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo tested positive

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08:34 pm

Bahrain: Housing Ministry to provide all services online

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08:15 pm

Saudi

Saudi Arabia’s General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques announced the closure of the third expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah over coronavirus fears.

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08:14 pm

Coronavirus: Bahrain Reports 4th Death Today

The Ministry of Health has announced the death of a 78-year-old male Bahraini national who was suffering from underlying health problems and was registered as an active case of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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08:00 pm

Spain buys $467 million in medical supplies from China

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08:00 pm

Global Cases – Live Count

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 192 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

COVID-19 Cases Live Update

Source: (worldometer.info/coronavirus)

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  • Recovered
Last Updated:
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07:47 pm

Bahrain: Online driving lectures announced

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07:45 pm

There are now over 60,000 cases in the US

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07:30 pm

Dubai Expo team member tests positive for COVID-19

Organizers of the Expo 2020 Dubai have confirmed that a member of the team has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus and they say they are taking precautions to ensure the virus does not spread further among other staff.

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07:30 pm

US: More than 30,000 cases confirmed in New York

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07:00 pm

Sudan released 4,217 prisoners as a precaution against the spread of the virus

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06:54 pm

Bahrain: Only Citizens and Residents Allowed To Enter

Gulf Air announced today that it will restrict the entry of passengers through the Bahrain International Airport to Bahrain citizens and residents only.

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06:45 pm

Syria records three new cases that came from Iran

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06:41 pm

Bahrain: Commercial and industrial stores closure effective tomorrow

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06:28 pm

Oman

The Public Authority for Consumer Protection has issued a decision to ban the circulation of hand sanitisers that do not comply with the standard specifications.

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06:16 pm

Bahrain: Mandatory guidelines issued for supermarkets

“All retail stores and supermarkets must adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health to combat the spread of (COVID-19),” this came in a statement by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism which stressed the necessity that these stores read and follow the instructions contained therein, through the website of the Ministry of Health.

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06:11 pm

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank called for governments to put a hold on debt payments from the world’s poorest nations so they can battle the coronavirus pandemic.

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06:00 pm

Global Cases – Live Count

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 192 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

COVID-19 Cases Live Update

Source: (worldometer.info/coronavirus)

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  • Deaths
  • Recovered
Last Updated:
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05:37 pm

UN launches $2 billion humanitarian response plan

The United Nations has launched its $2 billion Global Humanitarian Response Plan in the fight against coronavirus in the world’s poorest countries.

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05:34 pm

Kuwait: Nearly 300 Filipino Deportees to be Flown Home Today

Around 253 Filipinos will be flying out of Kuwait today as part of the government of Kuwait’s intent to fast track the deportation of inmates and reduce the over crowding in their jails and safe house shelters.

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05:17 pm

UAE

Dubai has directed private sector companies to implement remote working systems for 80% of staff from now until April 9, the authority regulating business in the Emirate said on Twitter.

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05:10 pm

Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed a nationwide vote on proposed constitutional amendments that include a change that would allow him to seek another term in power.

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05:00 pm

UAE

The UAE Health Ministry said the total number of people with coronavirus has reached 333 cases and the total number of recoveries is 52. The ministry also said it urges all people to stay at home and to not go out except for necessities.

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04:57 pm

Bahrain: Violations to be addressed immediately

“We will immediately address anyone who violates the measures taken to limit the spread of (COVID-19),” this was announced in an official statement by officials of the public prosecution after a meeting with their counterparts of the Ministry of Health.

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04:52 pm

Prince Charles is in “good spirits” after coronavirus diagnosis

Charles is now self-isolating at the Birkhall estate in Scotland, with a small number of staff keeping separate from him, the source said. His wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, is self-isolating separately.

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04:46 pm

Saudi Arabia tightens curfew and suspends travel between some cities

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04:45 pm

Egypt

Egyptian Minister of Information has said that the adherence to the curfew is necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

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04:30 pm

Oman suspends all domestic and international flights

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04:12 pm

Bahrain Customs Launches New Services For Inquiries

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04:04 pm

Saudi confirms second death

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04:00 pm

Global Cases – Live Count

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 192 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

COVID-19 Cases Live Update

Source: (worldometer.info/coronavirus)

  • Overall
  • Deaths
  • Recovered
Last Updated:
View cases by countries

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03:53 pm

Saudi: 133 new cases, total of 900

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03:50 pm

Bahrain: Embassies make changes to consular services

The Indian embassy in Bahrain and embassy of Sri Lanka introduced a 24-hour hotline for information and questions regarding COVID-19 by their citizens.

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03:44 pm

UAE: Etihad to Temporarily Cut Staff Wages Up to 50%

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03:35 pm

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 2,077 After 143 New Deaths

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03:17 pm

Thailand announces state of emergency starting tomorrow until April 30

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03:10 pm

Qatar

Qatar’s central bank has approved the postponement of loans’ installments for six months for some coronavirus-hit sectors. The monetary authority also cancelled fees on points of selling and ATM withdrawal fees.

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02:46 pm

Iran

Iran reported 2,206 new Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours raising the total number to 27,017.

Kiyanoosh Jahanpoor, Iranian health ministry spokesman said 68 % of the deaths are above 60 years old, 32 % are under 60.

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02:37 pm

Majid Al Futtaim redeploys over 1,000 staff to Carrefour

UAE-headquartered Majid Al Futtaim is redeploying more than 1,000 leisure, entertainment and cinema employees on a temporary basis to join the company’s Carrefour business amid heightened demand caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the company has announced.

In a statement, Majid Al Futtaim said that 1,015 employees from Vox Cinemas, Magic Planet, Little Explorers and Ski Dubai in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman and Lebanon have been assigned to their new roles.

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02:34 pm

Iran to impose social distancing

Initial details of the new laws, and their enforcement, were vague but is likely to include a ban on inter-city travel, including journeys out of Tehran.

The closure of parks, the abandonment of Iran’s nature day and tighter social distancing laws are also to be introduced.

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02:25 pm

Death toll in Spain surpasses China

Spain now has the worlds second-highest tally of coronavirus deaths, after 738 more were reported Wednesday, the country’s deadliest toll in one day, the Associated Press reports.

With 3,434 coronavirus patients dead, Spain surpassed China’s death toll of 3,285. Italy still has the most deaths of any nation in the world with 6,820.

Infections in Spain also rose 20% from a day earlier to 47,610.

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02:15 pm

Saudi: Riyadh, Mecca, Medina – Entry and Exit Banned

Residents in Saudi Arabia are banned from entering or exiting Riyadh, Mecca and Medina as of Thursday, according to new coronavirus prevention measures approved by King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

In a larger effort to contain the spread of the deadly virus, the recently imposed curfew will begin at 3 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. in the tree cities of Riyadh, Mecca and Medina as of Thursday, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior.

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The ministry said curfew exemptions still apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew.

READ  Coronavirus: Bahrain Leads With Highest Recovery Rate in GCC

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01:54 pm

China to resume domestic flights to and from Wuhan

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01:48 pm

UK: Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles, the Queen’s 71-year old son and the first in line to the British throne has tested positive for coronavirus and is now self-isolating in Scotland.

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01:43 pm

Bahrain: 27 New Cases, Total at 226

Currently, a total of 28408 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 226, amongst which 2 patients are in critical condition.

Currently, 190 patients have been discharged and 3 deaths have been confirmed.

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01:31 pm

Zoho Corporation Waives off Application Costs for 3 Months

Zoho Corporation has waivered the cost of every application its customers currently use for up to three months

Up to 20,000 qualified paying customers with 25 employees or less are set to benefit from the Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance Programme (ESAP) to help customers across the world weather the global crisis, the company that offers a suite of business software applications said.

The privately held company has more than 50 million users in over 180 countries.

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01:17 pm

Saudi: No social media posts of curfew allowed

The Saudi public prosecutor has warned that anyone who posts on social media any photos or videos of violations of the newly imposed curfew order or incites anyone else to break the curfew, faces prosecution.

In a message posted on Twitter, the bureau said that perpetrators will be charged under Article Six of the Information Crime Prevention Law, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to SR 3 million. The punishment will be applied to violators but informers will not be questioned, it added.

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01:08 pm

Saudi: 9 arrests for breaking curfew

audi Arabia is taking legal action against nine people in Riyadh who were arrested for breaking strict curfew laws aimed at controlling the spread of coronavirus.

According to media spokesperson of Riyadh Police, Lieutenant Colonel Shaker bin Sulaiman Al-Tuwaijri, the nine were caught after posting a video on social media “walking around recklessly” and verbally abusing security authorities.

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01:01 pm

England could run out of ICU beds – Study

London could run out of intensive care beds in four days with the whole of the country using them up in two weeks.

One nurse says that staff are already allowing weaker patients to die in a bid to save others from the coronavirus outbreak.

The senior nurse said that shortages are forcing staff to make decisions about people’s care and medical workers have built a new six-bed car ward because the site has run out of space.

Researchers claim five out of seven commissioning regions in England will have more critically ill COVID-19 patients than they can treat within two weeks.

All of England — except for the North East and Yorkshire and the North West — will run out of ICU beds in two weeks’ time, the study predicts.

More than 8,000 cases have now been confirmed and the UK’s death toll has risen almost six-fold in the space of a week, with just 71 fatalities recorded last Tuesday.

READ  UAE reports 1,312 coronavirus cases, 1,500 recoveries

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12:52 pm

Dubai: Second arrest for breaking coronavirus directives

A second person has been arrested in Dubai for openly flouting measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Dubai Police confirmed that a European national, of Arab origin, had been arrested for posting a video on various social media channels criticising the UAE’s #StayHome campaign and encouraging others to defy strict social distancing instructions.

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12:49 pm

Saudi: Overstaying Umrah pilgrims can seek exemption from penal action

Overstaying Umrah pilgrims should apply for exemption from legal and financial implications of their action before the end of Saturday, March 28, Saudi Press Agency quoted a Ministry of Haj and Umrah statement saying.

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12:43 pm

EU to call for Europe-wide crisis management centre

The EU’s 27 leaders will hold a conference call on Thursday, replacing the spring summit that was due to take place in Brussels, which is usually devoted to the economy. Instead, the agenda will be dominated by a coronavirus, the impact on people, health systems and the economy.

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12:35 pm

United States: Trump requests virus test kits from South Korea

US President Donald Trump has requested novel coronavirus test kits from South Korea, his counterpart Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday, as Washington pushes for a quick reopening of the world’s biggest economy.

Trump’s request for test kits came as he called for a quick end to social distancing and declared the beginning of the end of the health crisis in the US.

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12:30 pm

Kuwait: 4 new cases, total at 195

Kuwait confirmed four new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 195, a health ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

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12:25 pm

Precautionary measures taken in Bahrain

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12:15 pm

Oman Registers 15 New Cases Today

Oman has registered 15 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. There are now 99 total cases in the country and 17 patients with COVID-19 have recovered so far. Read More…

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12:00 pm

Italy: Strict new punishments

Italy has announced strict new punishments to try and clamp down on the spread of the coronavirus in the country, including possible jail time for people who have the virus and violate quarantine.

The new orders, published late Tuesday night, include:

  • Those who have tested positive and do not stay home could face one to five years in prison.
  • Fines for violating quarantine rise from 400 euros ($430) to 3,000 euros ($3,245).
  • Businesses that break rules designed to keep the virus from spreading could be closed from five to 30 days.
  • The regulations will be reviewed each month until July 31, and could be made stricter, the government decree says.
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The decree does not extend the length of the current restrictions, which are due to end on April 3.

Italy, the new epicenter of the virus, has recorded nearly 70,000 cases and almost 7,000 deaths

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11:58 am

USA: Cases rise past 53,200 with 709 deaths

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11:52 am

France fifth country with more than 1000 deaths

France became the fifth country to report more than 1,000 deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday and a government body dealing with the outbreak suggested the national lockdown imposed last week for an initial 15 days should last at least six weeks.

If the government were to follow the scientific council’s advice, France would remain at a virtual standstill until April 28.

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11:51 am

USA: $2 trillion stimulus package

US Senate leaders have reached a deal with Trump administration officials on a nearly $2tn stimulus package to help rescue the American economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

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11:44 am

Domestic train and air travel suspended in Pakistan

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11:44 am

India: Doctors evicted from their homes

As the global coronavirus pandemic worsens by the day, fear is swelling in India — and frontline medical workers are bearing the brunt of public panic.

India has reported 562 cases of the novel coronavirus so far, a relatively low number given the country’s size and population density.

“Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers involved in Covid care are being asked to vacate their rented homes and some have been even forcefully evicted from their temporary residence by landlords and house-owners due to the fear that those healthcare professionals make them susceptible to coronavirus infection,” said a letter from the Resident Doctors’ Association of New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences, sent on Tuesday to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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“Many doctors are now stranded on the roads with all their luggage, nowhere to go, across the country,” said the letter, which urged Shah to take action to protect the embattled medical workers.

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11:42 am

Iran: At least 17 regime officials dead and 12 infected

At least 17 Iranian regime figures have died from coronavirus and 12 others have been infected since the beginning of the outbreak in the Islamic Republic, according to reports by state media outlets.

As of Tuesday, 1,934 in Iran have died from the coronavirus, and there are 24,811 confirmed cases.

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11:30 am

China

Mainland China reported a drop in new confirmed coronavirus cases as imported infections fell and zero locally transmitted infections were reported, including in central Hubei province.

The number of new cases totalled 47 on Tuesday, all of which were from travellers returning home, down from 78 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said.

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11:23 am

Current Global Count

There are currently 422,915 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, of which 108,573 patients have recovered.

There have been 18,915 deaths. Italy’s number of deaths (6,820) is more than twice those in Hubei, China (3,160).

Here are the ten countries with the highest numbers of confirmed infections – Italy is around 10,000 confirmed cases from overtaking China and the US is not far behind.

  1. China: 81,591
  2. Italy: 69,176
  3. US: 55,148
  4. Spain: 42,058
  5. Germany: 32,991
  6. Iran: 24,811
  7. France: 22,633
  8. Switzerland: 9,877
  9. South Korea: 9,137
  10. United Kingdom: 8,164

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11:22 am

New Zealand has declared a state of national emergency

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11:18 am

Bahrain: Huawei Extends Expiring Warranties

Huawei users are being offered an extended warranty on a range of products as a precautionary measure based on recent public health and prevention considerations.

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The offer includes Huawei’s wide range of products including smartphones, notebooks, tablets, smart wearables and other terminal products for which the warranty has expired during the period of 24 March 2020 to 31 May 2020.

If a customer’s product meets the required conditions, the warranty period will be automatically extended to 31 May 2020, so they have their devices repaired under warranty and stay connected.

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Users are also being advised by Huawei to use the pre-installed Support App to troubleshoot the issue with smart diagnosis or connect with the online customer service and get remote service.

Consumers can also contact the Huawei Customer Service Hotline on 17581116 from 8 AM to 7 PM, online customer service, or email via the official website if there is a problem with their mobile phone.

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11:16 am

Kuwait to start evacuating citizens stranded abroad

The evacuation process will start in heavily hit countries such as Iran, Spain, Italy and Lebanon, then in countries where there are high concentrations of Kuwaiti citizens such as France, Egypt, US, UK, and then in GCC countries.

There are currently 191 cases of coronavirus in Kuwait.

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11:04 am

Bahrain: All supply markets are open

“Food markets will continue to work and open in the usual way,” stated the Minister of Works, Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning, Eng. Esam Khalaf, after the government announced the closure of certain entities starting from this Thursday.

Khalaf called on citizens to deal with this issue with a high degree of responsibility and not to compromise health precautions for the sake of the supreme national interest.

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10:53 am

First case confirmed in Cox’s Bazar, near world’s largest refugee camp

The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

According to the United Nations refugee agency, a local Bangladeshi woman was confirmed to be positive on Tuesday afternoon local time.

The hospital in the town of Cox’s Bazar is around one hour’s drive from sprawling camps which are home to nearly one million Rohingya refugees.

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10:46 am

Cyber-attacks spike, hackers target WHO

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10:43 am

Every Eighth Infected Person in Spain is a Healthcare Worker

The coronavirus pandemic has hit doctors, nurses and paramedics particularly hard in Spain, with figures showing they make up one in eight of the country’s infections.

After Italy, Spain is the country in Europe most severely affected by the crisis. Confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain jumped 14 per cent in the past 24 hours to Monday, with 480 additional deaths bringing the nation’s total to 33,000 cases and 2,200 deaths.

Doctor, nurses and paramedics count for 3,910 of the cases, or 12 per cent, reported a national nursing association, who complained of a lack of protective equipment for health care workers.

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For the past nine days, people have headed out onto their balconies or leaned out of their to windows every evening at 8 pm to honour the medical workers at the front line of the fight against the outbreak by cheering, singing and clapping.

Figures from Spain’s Health Ministry offered a glimmer of hope amid the grim news: 3,300 patients have now recovered from the virus.

“The number of daily recorded cases is also decreasing, but we are unsure whether we have hit the peak already,” Fernando Simon, head of Spain’s Health Alert and Emergency Coordination Centre (CCAES) told dpa.

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Since March 15, authorities in the country have allowed people only to leave their houses in emergencies and to shop for food.

The lockdown was originally set to last 15 days but will be extended until April 11, subject to a parliamentary vote this week.

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10:35 am

South Korea to quarantine passengers from US starting Friday

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10:22 am

Japan: More than 6,000 fans attended a sports event

The organizers of a mixed martial arts competition held in front of 6,500 fans at an indoor arena in Japan are facing a backlash after ignoring calls for its cancellation.

The “K-1 World GP” event went ahead at the Saitama Super Arena on Sunday, defying government guidelines on social distancing and large public gatherings.

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10:05 am

Saudi: Only main gates of the Grand Mosque to remain open

Except for the main gates, all other gates of the Grand Mosque in Meccah will remain closed.

Meanwhile, the entry and prayer in the piazzas (outer courtyards) of the Two Holy Mosques which was suspended earlier on Friday remains in force.

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10:00 am

Saudi’s King Salman to chair G20 virtual summit over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will chair an extraordinary virtual G20 leaders’ summit on Thursday to discuss a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summit will be under the Saudi G20 Presidency in order to advance a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications.

G20 members will be joined by leaders from invited countries, Spain, Jordan, Singapore, and Switzerland, as well as international organizations; (UN), (WBG), (WHO), (WTO), (FAO), (FSB), (ILO), (IMF) and (OECD).

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Regional organizations will be represented by Vietnam, the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, South Africa, the Chair of the African Union, the UAE, the Chair of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Rwanda, the Chair of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

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09:52 am

Bahrain: Therapeutic Protocol Proved Effective

The therapeutic protocol of the Kingdom of Bahrain which uses Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) medication in treating COVID-19-infected cases has proved its effectiveness.

The kingdom is one of the first countries that used the medication and has been successful in alleviating the symptoms of the virus and reducing its complications.

Hydroxychloroquine is used as the main cure for diseases like Malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It proved to be very effective in alleviating virus-related symptoms, pneumonia, pain and fever.

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09:42 am

Qatar: 25 new coronavirus cases, raising total to 526

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09:37 am

UAE: 50 new cases, 4 recoveries

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has recorded 50 new cases of coronavirus and four recoveries, bringing the total to 248 and 45.

The Ministry advised people with respiratory problems to avoid public spaces and called on people to use official sources for information On the coronavirus crisis.

All malls in the country will be closed for two weeks starting Wednesday, as part of the country’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Authorities have also closed beaches, pools, parks and gyms. Dubai municipality also closed restaurants, cafes and cafeterias for two weeks.

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09:18 am

UAE: AC bus shelters closed in Sharjah

The Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the closure of all bus stops for air-conditioned buses, until further notice. It is a precautionary measure to stop the spread of coronavirus and to preserve the health and safety of public.

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09:15 am

UAE allows supermarkets, pharmacies to open 24 hours a day

  • Supermarkets are allowed to host only 30% of customers of their original capacity
  • Sharjah residents will receive a 10% discount on electricity and water bills

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09:13 am

Australia bans overseas travel and extends social restrictions

To that effect, the Australian prime minister unveiled stricter social distancing measures that include weddings with a maximum attendance of no more than five people and funerals with no more than 10 people, with one person per 4 square metres (or at least 6 feet apart).

Australia reported a jump of 429 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus today, taking the national tally to 2,252 cases of which eight have died.

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09:11 am

New Zealand: 30% jump in cases

New Zealand has recorded a 30% jump in coronavirus cases as the country heads into lockdown by the end of the day.

There are 47 new confirmed cases and three new probable cases, bringing the Pacific nation’s count up to 205.

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09:09 am

UAE: Airports closed earlier than announced

The United Arab Emirates suspended all passenger flights in and out of the Gulf Arab state on Tuesday night, Dubai Airports said on its website, indicating it would take place 24 hours earlier than initially announced.

“The decision has been made by the UAE authorities to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights, and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE,” the state operator said, adding the measure would be implemented from 11:59 p.m. (1959 GMT).

READ  Qatar: Active coronavirus cases decline to 2,892

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08:14 am

Bahrain

Bahrain becomes one of the first countries in the world to use Hydroxychloroquine to treat the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The drug is reported to have had a profound impact when used to treat the symptoms exhibited by active COVID-19 cases. Read More…

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07:42 am

Bahrain: Guidelines Listed for Public Precaution

Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior has set a number of guidelines as part of precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to read the guidelines.

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07:30 am

Bahrain: List of Essential Businesses Staying Open Tomorrow

Bahrain temporarily closes non-essential businesses, from Thursday 26 March to 09 April 2020, whilst hypermarkets, supermarkets, cold stores, bakeries, pharmacies, and banks remain open and restaurants continue to provide services via take away or delivery only. Read More…

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07:08 am

Kuwait

The Kuwaiti minister of health said four people with coronavirus have recovered, the total recoveries now at 43.

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