DUBAI: More countries across the Middle East are reopening their economies as COVID-19 infections cases are being controlled and stabilized in some areas of the region.
The UAE’s national disinfection program was revised, allowing residents to freely move from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Those living in Dubai meanwhile have an extra hour outdoors, with the de facto curfew in effect from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
May 30, 2020, Saturday (All times in GMT)
18:55 - Mauritania records 60 new #coronavirus cases and one death.
17:55 - Egypt announced 1,367 new cases of coronavirus and 34 deaths from the disease.
17:50 - Yemen announced 27 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
17:45 - The UAE announced 726 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
17:32 - Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by four on Saturday to 27,125, the Health Ministry said, reflecting a dramatic decline in daily fatalities in recent weeks as the country brings the outbreak under control.
17:30 - Morocco is evacuating its citizens that have been stranded in Algeria due to coronavirus restrictions.
16:58 - Iraq announced the death of 10 patients from COVID-19 on Saturday in highest daily death toll so far.
16:15 - The UN General Assembly adopted a new voting procedure Friday for the upcoming election of new members of the Security Council aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead of meeting in the horseshoe-shaped assembly chamber at UN headquarters overlooking New York’s East River, ambassadors from the 193 UN member nations will cast secret ballots at a designated venue during spaced-out time slots.
15:23 - UK government authorizes return of live sport, while Britain announces 215 coronavirus deaths.
14:27 - Iraq imposes a full curfew for a week from tomorrow.
12:45 - Saudi Arabia announced 22 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday and 1,618 new cases of the virus.
11:35 – Cathay Pacific Airways said that the reopening of transit services for passengers at Hong Kong International Airport from June 1 will not include those traveling to and from mainland China. READ MORE
08:36 – Government employees went back to work in Iran on Saturday and President Hassan Rouhani said mosques are to resume daily prayers throughout the country, even though some areas are seeing high levels of coronavirus infections.
07:53 – Germany blasted US President Donald Trump’s decision to sever ties with the World Health Organization, describing it as “disappointing” and a setback for global health. Health Minister Jens Spahn said the WHO “needs reform” if it is to “make any difference,” something the EU must now take a lead in doing.
07:45 – Russia reported 181 deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, down from the record 232 deaths registered the previous day and pushing the nationwide death toll to 4,555. Officials said 8,952 new infections had been confirmed, bringing the national tally to 396,575, the third highest reported total in the world after the United States and Brazil.
07:01 – Two scientific advisers to the British government have warned that COVID-19 is still spreading too fast in the country to lift the lockdown, with one describing it as a political decision. READ MORE
06:19 – Taiwan’s government approved Gilead Sciences’ potential COVID-19 treatment, remdesivir, to treat the illness caused by the coronavirus.
06:10 – India registered another record single-day jump of 7,964 coronavirus cases and 265 deaths, a day before the 2-month-old lockdown is set to end.
04:50 – Thailand reported one new coronavirus case and no new deaths, taking the total number of infections to 3,077 as local transmission of the new virus appeared to wane.