Fear of Coronavirus in Middle East | 7500+ confirmed cases

Coronavirus in Gulf countries

Coronavirus is spreading very fast in Middle Eastern countries especially in Iran, Kuwait and Bahrain. Due to fear of COVID-19 many schools, global events and International flights have been cancelled within GCC and Middle East region.

And why not, the (WHO) World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak an international health emergency and said the global risk level remains very high. The total number of cases in Middle East is 7500 approximately.

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1: Coronavirus in IRAN:
Iran has the highest coronavirus cases in Middle East. Not only this, IRAN becomes the third most infected country of the world after China and South Korea. The death rate in IRAN is higher than any other country in the world.

Iran recorded 237 deaths with 7000+ confirmed cases inside Iran and many are outside Iran borders. Iran deputy health minister, VP Masoumeh Ebtekar, top lawmaker Mojtaba Zolnour and MP also tests positive for coronavirus.

Iranian health sources tells BBC that many patients have died in Iran, far more than officially admitted. The former Iranian ambassador and head of Iranian diplomatic mission in Egypt Hadi Khasrushahi died from COVID19 at Masih Daneshvari Hospital.

President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani called the virus propaganda against Iran. He also warned about the virus becoming a weapon at the hands of our enemies. Many countries put ban on travelling to and from Iran to combat the deadly virus.

Middle East region, neighboring countries are dealing strictly with Iran. Not only MENA countries Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan have also closed their land borders with flights to and from Iran.

2: Coronavirus in Kuwait:
After Iran, Kuwait is the second most infected Middle East country with 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Recently Kuwait put ban on entry of gulf citizens with only Identity card, as per Kuwait health ministry and Interior ministry it’s a part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus in Kuwait.

Earlier this week, Kuwait evacuated 800 citizens from Iran and also cancelled events planned to mark its national day and anniversary of liberation, while also suspending all flights to Iran, Singapore and Japan.

3: Coronavirus in Bahrain:
Bahrain is the third mostly infected country in the Middle East recently confirmed 7 new cases that bring total cases in the kingdom to 109

As per civil aviation authority in Bahrain, the flights to and from Dubai, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon is suspended until further notice.

Government of Bahrain ordered to shut all schools and colleges for 2 weeks as part of measures to contain the virus.

4: Coronavirus in UAE:
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced 14 more cases of the coronavirus in UAE on Monday, March 9 bringing total number of cases in UAE to 59.

The 6 new individuals diagnosed with the coronavirus include 2 Russians, 2 Italians, 1 German and 1 Colombian. The patients were connected to the two previously announced cases associated with the cycling event, the UAE Tour which was cancelled last week.

As a precautionary measure all schools, colleges and universities in UAE to close for 4 weeks (1 month) starting from Sunday including both public and private institutes. 

Major Events Cancellation Notice:

·       All nurseries in UAE will remain close till 14 March.
·       Schools, Colleges and Universities to close for 4 weeks.
·       Abu Dhabi AFC Champions League matches are postponed.
·       Abu Dhabi ITU world triathlon postponed.
·       2 Luxury hotels in YAS ISLAND are under lockdown for safety checkups.
·       UAE entry points have been equipped with thermal scanners.
·       Dubai EXPO 2020 organizers are following situation closely.
·       Dubai GOV GAMES 2020 Postponed.
·       Dubai churchgoers asked to take extra care.
·       Dubai Lynx Festival of Creativity is postponed and will take place in September.
·       Holi event in AKS Color Carnival is cancelled.
·       Temperature scanners will be installed at SIKH GURUDWARA.
·       Abu Dhabi music festival (DJ MAG Conference) has been cancelled.

·       Ultra Abu Dhabi K-Pop music bank cancelled.

5: Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia:
KSA was free of coronavirus till yesterday; unluckily the virus has reached to the Saudi Arabia from Irani citizen through Bahrain. Saudi Arabia had taken several measures to prevent the spread of the disease to the kingdom.

All eyes are on UMRAH and HAJJ for the year of 2020 as more than 2.2 million Muslims perform HAJJ each year with millions to visit Kingdom during RAMADAN for UMRAH.

The Saudi measure has thrown the business of many travel and tour agencies into disarray. The ban will impose major costs in the form of empty hotels and businesses in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

The temporary ban on UMRAH visas could eventually force millions of Muslims around the world to postpone or cancel a journey that many have eagerly awaited for years. The outbreak could potentially affect the much larger annual HAJJ pilgrimage, set to begin in late July.

The HAJJ is one of Islam’s 5 pillars. Muslims are expected to perform it at least once in their lives if they can afford it and are physically able. The pain of missing out on the pilgrimage is shared by Muslims worldwide.

If this grand religious gathering cancelled it will affect not only Kingdom but all the 40 countries and specially their travel and tourism sector.

Saudi Arabia safety includes:

·       Saudi Arabia prepares 25 new hospitals with 80,000 beds, 8000 intensive care unit and 2200 isolation beds to handle coronavirus cases.
·       Saudi Arabia conducting more than 6000 medical examinations in the air and land port to prevent covid-19.
·       Saudi Arabia announced temporary ban on issuing UMRAH visas to pilgrims.
·       KSA announced travel ban with IRAN.
·       Saudi Arabia ask its citizens to evacuate from IRAN and other infected countries.
·       Saudi Arabia also cancelled several events to defend country against covid-19.

Coronavirus Cases in Middle East:

1.     Iran 7000+
2.     Kuwait 65
3.     Bahrain 109
4.     UAE 59
5.     Iraq 40
6.     Lebanon 16
7.     Israel 17
8.     Oman 16
9.     Qatar 8
10. Egypt 15
11. Saudi Arabia 5
12. Jordan 1
13. Morocco 2

Coronavirus cases by Country:

1.     China 80,559
2.     South Korea 6,593
3.     Iran 4,747
4.     Italy 3,858
5.     Japan 381            
6.     Germany 578
7.     France 577
8.     Spain 382
9.     USA 233
10. Singapore 110
11. Hong Kong 103
12. Switzerland 68
13. Kuwait 56
14. United Kingdom 53
15. Malaysia 50
16. Bahrain 49
17. Thailand 43
18. Australia 42
19. Taiwan 42
20. Netherlands 38
21. Sweden 35
22. Canada 33
23. Norway Canada 33
24. Norway 33
25. Iraq 32
26. India 28
27. United Arab Emirates 27
28. Austria 27
29. Belgium 23
30. Iceland 16
31. Vietnam 16
32. San Marino 15
33. Israel 15
34. Lebanon 13
35. Oman 12
36. Macao 10
37. Denmark 10
38. Croatia 9
39. Algeria 8
40. Greece 8
41. Qatar 8
42. Ecuador 7
43. Finland 7
44. Belarus 6
45. Mexico 6
46. Czechia 6
47. Pakistan 5
48. Portugal 5
49. Romania 4
50. Philippines 3
51. Azerbaijan 3
52. Georgia 3
53. Russia 3
54. Brazil 2
55. Egypt 2
56. Estonia 2
57. Indonesia 2
58. Ireland 2
59. New Zealand 2
60. Senegal 2
61.  Afghanistan 1
62. Cambodia 1
63. Jordan 1
64. Morocco 1
65. Nepal 1
66. Nigeria 1
67. Saudi Arabia 1
68. Sri Lanka 1
69. Tunisia 1
70. Ukraine 1
71. Argentina 1
72. Poland 1
73.     Chile 1

Protective measures against Coronavirus:
It is advisable to stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak by taking care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth  
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

In Fever or cough, visit Hospital
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Use of Mask during virus outbreak:
The Ministry of Health and Prevention advised the public not to wear the N-95 facial mask as it may cause stress on the respiratory system and lead to future respiratory diseases. If you wear a mask, you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly. 

Below are the safety points of wearing a mask.

·       Wear a normal mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
·       Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
·       Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
·       Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
·       Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
·       To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

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