Iraq reports 24-hour virus toll record of over 3,800

Men, some clad in masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, stand underneath a roadside shower along Sinak street in Baghdad on August 9, 2020, to cool off due to extremely high temperature rises amidst a heatwave. (AFP)
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Updated 13 August 2020

Iraq reports 24-hour virus toll record of over 3,800

  • The novel coronavirus has brought Iraq’s fragile economy to its knees
  • It made Iraq one of the worst hit countries in the Middle East, but still far behind neighboring Iran

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s health ministry Thursday reported 3,841 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, a record since the first infection was registered in February.
The latest count raises total confirmed cases in Iraq to 164,277, including 5,641 deaths, according to the ministry.
The novel coronavirus has brought Iraq’s fragile economy to its knees and overwhelmed hospitals already stretched by decades of conflict and a lack of investment.
Iraq reopened to commercial flights in late July after four months of lockdown. Earlier that month it had lifted other restrictions and reopened malls and shops.
But the number of confirmed virus cases had risen steadily until Thursday’s record tally.
It made Iraq one of the worst hit countries in the Middle East, but still far behind neighboring Iran where total confirmed cases since February are over 300,000.


UAE confirms one COVID-19 death, 679 new cases

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UAE confirms one COVID-19 death, 679 new cases

  • UAE says 813 cases have recovered in the previous 24 hours
  • Kuwait records 530 cases and 1 death, Oman reports 576 new cases and 7 deaths

DUBAI: The UAE recorded one death from COVID-19 and 679 new confirmed cases on Monday, raising the total to 405 and 85,595 respectively.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said 813 cases had recovered in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total to 75,086 since the pandemic emerged.
Meanwhile, a cafe was ordered to close down in Dubai’s Al-Seef area for not adhering to COVID-19 preventative measures and fines were issued to nine other establishments, including a gym, restaurant, tailor and shops.

Inspection teams from Dubai Economy, in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and Commerce, also issued warnings to six shops for flouting safety measures.
Dubai Economy earlier issued guidelines for government transaction centers on its official Twitter account. 

The Department of Economic Development in Ajman also temporarily closed two shopping centers “in the interest of health and safety.”
It said the centers will reopen later after ensuring they adhere to all the controls and requirements.
Elsewhere, Kuwait recorded 530 new COVID-19 cases and one death, bringing the total numbers to 99,964 and 585 respectively.

In Oman, the total number of COVID-19 cases reached 93,475 after 576 new cases were reported, while seven patients died putting the death toll at 853.

Bahrain reported three deaths, taking the death toll to 224, with 713 new confirmed cases.