Middle East updates: Israel rations coronavirus testing; health minister under fire

Fears as Palestinian workers return from Israel

Thousands of Palestinian workers are expected to return from Israel to the West Bank ahead of Passover which begins on Wednesday — raising fears that this will lead to a further spread of the virus.

New cases

There are continuing signs that Iran’s coronavirus epidemic is subsiding. For the fourth day running, there was a small drop in the number of new cases reported yesterday — to 2,715.

New cases reported in Iran, day by day during the last four weeks
New cases reported in the Middle East (excluding Iran) day by day during the last four weeks

Death toll

Iran reported a further 134 coronavirus-related deaths yesterday, bringing the official total to 3,294. Elsewhere in the region a further 47 deaths brought the total to 405.

Deaths reported in the Middle East (excluding Iran) day by day since 10 March

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Brian Whitaker

Brian Whitaker

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