Middle East region reports more coronavirus cases as global numbers soar

The virus has infected over a half-million worldwide so far. (File/AFP)
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Updated 29 March 2020

Middle East region reports more coronavirus cases as global numbers soar

  • Cases in Saudi Arabia have reached over 1,100 on Friday
  • Global infections toll has reached nearly 600,000 with more than 27,000 fatalities

DUBAI: More COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the Middle East, with cases in Saudi Arabia reaching over 1,100 on Friday.

Global infections toll has reached nearly 600,000 with more than 27,000 fatalities.

Saturday, March 28 (All times in GMT)

20:27 – Egypt says anyone spreading fake news about the coronavirus could face two years in prison and a fine of 300,000 EGP

20:01 – Coronavirus has now spread to dozens of the 47 countries of the WHO Africa region, with 2,650 infected and 49 dead, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.

19:00 – France on Saturday reported 319 more deaths in hospital caused by the coronavirus, bringing the total toll of the epidemic in the country to 2,314.

17:19  Total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Italy rises to 92,472 from 86,498 on Friday, with death toll rising by 889 to 10,023.

16:59  Turkey’s health minister announced that the coronavirus death roll rose by 16 to 108, total number of cases rose by 1,704 to 7,402.

16:55  Qatari Health Ministry announces 28 new cases of coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 590 , as well as the country's first coronavirus-related death.

16:29  Bahrain announces 11 new coronavirus cases recovered, bringing the number of people recovering to 265

16:20  Algeria's Health Ministry announces 45 new cases of coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 454.

16:14  European Union gives Tunisia 250 million euros in effort to counter the social and economic effects of coronavirus.  

15:23  Egypt announces that the export of legumes will be halted for 3 months due to coronavirus.

14:40 – Russia announces it will close the border to slow coronavirus spread.

14:10 – Another 260 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total death toll to more than 1,000.

13:30 – The UAE says a disinfection campaign will continue for another week. At the same time, the health ministry  said 63 new cases had been detected, taking the total tally up to 468

13:07  Confirmed coronavirus infections in Netherlands rise by 1,159 to 9,762, with 93 new deaths.

12:45 – Saudi Arabia says a fourth person has died after being infected with coronavirus and the total number of cases has reached 1,203.

12:30 – Britain’s Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack has developed mild symptoms consistent with coronavirus and is self-isolating, a spokeswoman for his ministry said on Saturday.

12:29 – The Swiss death toll from coronavirus has reached 235, the country’s public health ministry said on Saturday, rising from 197 people on Friday.

11:36 – Vietnam said the country has 174 confirmed cases of coranvirus with no deaths.

10:59 – 48 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Iraq with two new deaths.

10:51 – Spain has confirmed 832 coronavirus fatalities in the last 24 hours, a record daily toll in the country.

10:50 – The Lebanese health ministry has reported 21 new cases of the virus, bringing toll to 412.

10:05 – The first flight to the UK for British nationals in Saudi Arabia will take place on Sunday from Riyadh, additional Riyadh flight may happen later this week, British embassy in Saudi Arabia announced in a twitter post.

09:29 – The Philippine health ministry has reported 14 new coronavirus deaths and 272 new cases.

09:14 – Malaysia has reported 159 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 2,320.

09:11 – Kuwait health ministry has reported 10 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 235.

08:50 – The health ministry of Iraq's Kurdistan has reported seven new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 122.

08:45 – In Germany, the number of coronavirus cases have reached 48,582 with 325 fatalities.

08:16 – Bahrain has confirmed 19 new coronavirus recoveries, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 254.

08:15 – Morocco has reported 13 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infected patients to 358.

08:14 – The Palestinian government has reported six new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 97.

07:06 – Oman confirmed 21 new cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 92.

05:56 – Kuwait has reported seven new recovered cases of COVID-19, raising total recoveries to 64.

04:22 – Thailand has reported 109 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total number of infections to 1,245. The country has also announced one new death from the virus – it now has six total fatalities.

01:28 – South Korea has reported 146 new coronavirus cases, making its total 9,478.

01:13 – Brunei has reported its first death from the virus.

01:05 – The Mexican health ministry has recorded 717 total cases of coronavirus, dozens higher than earlier tally of 585. A total of 12 people has died in the country due to the illness.

Friday, March 27 (All times in GMT)

21:00 – Egypt has reported 41 new coronavirus cases and six deaths, bringing the total number of infected patients to 536 and deaths to 30, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
Out of the 41 cases, one is a US national and the others are Egyptian nationals.
The health ministry has also reported the recovery of 14 cases, including 11 Egyptians and three French after receiving the necessary treatment. The total number of recovered cases in the country are 116.

20:31 – Morocco said it has two new coronavirus deaths and 12 new infections.

22:00 – Jordan has reported first coronavirus death.

19:52 – The number of coronavirus deaths in Tunisia has reached 7.

18:00 – The UAE has announced 72 new cases of coronavirus in the country, raising toll to 405. Three new recoveries from the virus have also been reported.

Israeli PM: Palestinians in Jordan Valley won’t be citizens

Updated 49 min 20 sec ago

Israeli PM: Palestinians in Jordan Valley won’t be citizens

  • Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with plans to annex the Jordan Valley

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley will remain in what he described as an “enclave” after Israel annexes the territory and will not be granted Israeli citizenship.
Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with plans to annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, in line with President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan, a process that could begin as early as July 1.
The annexation of the Jordan Valley and the far-flung settlements would make it virtually impossible to create a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel, which is still widely seen as the only way to resolve the decades-old conflict.
In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, Netanyahu said Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, including residents of the city of Jericho, would remain under limited Palestinian self-rule, with Israel having overall security control.
“They will remain a Palestinian enclave,” he said. “You’re not annexing Jericho. There’s a cluster or two. You don’t need to apply sovereignty over them. They will remain Palestinian subjects, if you will. But security control also applies to these places.”
Palestinians in the West Bank have lived under Israeli military rule since the 1967 war, when Israel captured the territory, along with east Jerusalem and Gaza. The Palestinians want all three territories to form their future state.
The Trump plan would grant the Palestinians limited statehood over scattered enclaves surrounded by Israel if they meet a long list of conditions. Israel has embraced the plan, while the Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank, has angrily rejected it and cut ties with the US and Israel.
Netanyahu said that if the Palestinians accept all the conditions in the plan, including Israel maintaining overall security control, “then they will have an entity of their own that President Trump defines as a state.”
Under a coalition agreement reached last month, Netanyahu can bring his annexation plans before the government as early as July 1.
The Palestinian Authority has said it is no longer bound by any agreements signed with Israel and the US, and says it has cut off security coordination with Israel. Neighboring Jordan, a close Western ally and one of only two Arab states to have made peace with Israel, has warned of a “massive conflict” if Israel proceeds with annexation.