Coronavirus in the Middle East: updates for June 15

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New Covid-19 cases in Saudi Arabia over the last three months. Seven-day rolling average, day by day.

Saudi Arabia reported 4,233 new Covid-19 infections yesterday — the kingdom’s highest daily total so far. Around 40% of the new cases are in the capital, Riyadh, and according to the health ministry they were found mainly “among young people who may not have been following precautionary measures”.

Iran reported 2,472 new cases — an increased number for the fourth day in a row. Coronavirus-related deaths also increased substantially: 107 yesterday compared with an average of 74 a day during the previous week.

Syria: Fifty-two people have now tested positive in connection with the Covid-19 outbreak in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ma’ara. The outbreak is said to have begun with a cross-border truck driver working on the Syria-Jordan route ( see previous report). The town has been under lockdown since June 7.

Tunisia, which recently had more than a week without any new cases, has reported a further nine over the last few days. One was a contact of someone previously diagnosed and the other eight were among returnees to the country who had been quarantined since arriving.

Egypt reported a further 91 deaths — its highest daily total so far.

Further information:
Previous Middle East updates
Covid-19 statistics for Middle East

New cases

A further 12,363 Covid-19 infections have been reported in the Middle East and North Africa since yesterday’s update.

The list below shows cumulative official totals since the outbreak began, with day-on-day increases in brackets.

Algeria 10,919 (+109)
Bahrain 18,544 (+267)
Egypt 44,598 (+1,618)
Iran 187,427 (+2,472)
Iraq 20,209 (+1,259)
Israel 19,121 (+113)
Jordan 961 (+8)
Kuwait 35,920 (+454)
Lebanon 1,445 (+4)
Libya 454 (+36)
Morocco 8,793 (+59)
Oman 23,481 (-)
Palestine 676 (+3)
Qatar 79,602 (+1,186)
Saudi Arabia 127,541 (+4,233)
Sudan 7,220 (+213)
Syria 177 (-)
Tunisia 1,096 (+2)
UAE 42,294 (+304)
Yemen 732 (+23)

TOTAL: 631,211 (+12,363)

Note: Iran’s figures are now included in this list and in the graph below. Yemen’s total includes four cases reported by the unrecognised Houthi government in the north of the country. Palestine’s total includes East Jerusalem.

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New Covid-19 cases reported in the Middle East. Seven-day rolling average, daily during the past three months

Death toll

A further 340 coronavirus-related deaths were reported in the region.

The list below shows cumulative official totals with day-on-day increases in brackets.

Algeria 767 (+7)
Bahrain 45 (+6)
Egypt 1,575 (+91)
Iran 8,837 (+107)
Iraq 607 (+58)
Israel 302 (+2)
Jordan 9 (-)
Kuwait 296 (+7)
Lebanon 32 (-)
Libya 10 (+2)
Morocco 212 (-)
Oman 104 (-)
Palestine 5 (-)
Qatar 73 (+3)
Saudi Arabia 972 (+40)
Sudan 459 (+12)
Syria 6 (-)
Tunisia 49 (-)
UAE 289 (+1)
Yemen 165 (+4)

TOTAL: 14,814 (+340)

Note: Yemen’s total includes one death reported by the unrecognised Houthi government in the north of the country.

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Originally published at https://al-bab.com.

Former Middle East editor of the Guardian. Website: www.al-bab.com. Author of 'Arabs Without God'.

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