DUBAI: Governments in the Middle East are taking more precautionary measures, including extending stay-at-home campaigns, in a bid to stop the continuoud rise of coronavirus infections.
The total number of cases globally has reached more than 650,000 as of Sunday morning, with the US reporting the highest number of local infections at approximately 124,000.
COVID-19 has killed nearly 31,000 people globally so far.
Sunday, March 29 (All times in GMT)
10:16 – Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the coronavirus outbreak had entered a new phase as the total number of cases in the Russian capital exceeded 1,000 with many Muscovites going out despite a plea to stay home.
10:15 – Pope Francis backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
10:05– Lebanon reported 26 new coronavirus cases, bringing total number to 438.
09:37 – Spain’s coronavirus death toll rose by 838 cases overnight to 6,528 the health ministry said on Saturday, marking the highest daily rise in fatalities.
The total number of those infected rose to 78,797 from 72,248 on Saturday.
09:36 – Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has climbed to 2,640 and the number of infected people has reached 38,309, a health ministry official tweeted on Sunday.
09:21 – The Philippine health ministry on Sunday reported 343 new coronavirus cases, marking the country’s largest daily increase in infections, and three additional deaths.
09:19 – Malaysia reported 150 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the total to 2,470, the highest in Southeast Asia.
The number of deaths from the virus outbreak rose by seven to 34, the health ministry said.
09:16 – Kuwaiti Ministry of Health has registered 20 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 255.
09:15 – Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the number of coronavirus infections increased to 106.
07:28 – Morocco’s Health Ministry has confirmed 35 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 437 and 26 deaths.
07:27 – Palestinian authorities have recorded six new coronavirus cases, increasing total to 104.
07:26 – Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rises to 52,547 and 389 deaths.
06:50 – Oman has recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases, increasing total to 167.
03:14 – The US has reported the first prisoner to die of COVID-19.
01:41 – Mexico’s deputy health minister said measures asking citizens to stay at home could be extended.
The total number of infections in the country has reached 848 with 16 fatalities.
01:24 – The Center for Disease Control in the US has warned residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut against non-essential travel for 14 days.
01:16 – South Korea has reported 105 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 9,583.
Saturday, March 28 (All times in GMT)
20:10 – UAE helps Germany repatriate hundreds of tourists using Ras Al-Khaimah airport.
19:44 – Libya has recorded two new cases of coronavirus, increasing toll to three.
19:13 – Egypt has reported 40 new coronavirus cases and six deaths, bringing totals to 576 and 36, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
19:10 – Jordan has detected 11 new COVID-19 cases, increasing total number to 246.
17:05 – The Omani government is to fly about 800 of its citizens back to the Sultanate after calls for them to repatriated to their country amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, national daily Times of Oman reported on Saturday, citing the Washington embassy.
15:10 – UAE’s Ministry of Health has recorded 63 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 468.
14:48 – Rent payments in Dubai have been postponed for up to six months, national daily Gulf News reported, citing Dubai Free Zones.