More Coronavirus Cases in Middle East

Middle East

RIYADH (Dispatches) – The number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia topped 50,000 on Saturday, the health ministry said.
A ministry official reported 2,840 new cases, taking the cumulative total to 51,980. That was up from an average of around 1,500 new cases a day over the past week.
The death toll in the kingdom increased by 10 to 302, the official said on state TV.
Saudi Arabia recorded its first COVID-19 infection on March 2, several weeks after the initial outbreak in Asia.
Meanwhile, Qatar reported on Saturday another 1,547 cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed infections to more than 30,000.
With a population of about 2.7 million people, the energy-rich Persian Gulf state has one of the world’s highest per capita number of confirmed cases.
The latest health ministry report on confirmed cases took the total to 30,972, according to figures published on the ministry’s website. One more person died, bringing the death toll to 15.
Only about 300,000 of Qatar’s population are Qatari nationals and the coronavirus outbreak has affected mainly migrant workers, according to human right groups.
Turkey, the hardest-hit country by the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, has reported more than 146,000 confirmed cases.
Turkey on Friday confirmed 1,708 new COVID-19 cases and 55 more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 146,457 and the death toll to 4,055.
A Turkish company recently launched the first domestic production of a drug to be used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The production has been progressing at the facility of the pharmaceutical company in the Cerkezkoy district of Tekirdag Province, some 150 km from Istanbul, under the surveillance of about 100 scientists.
The United Arab Emirates on Friday announced 747 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 21,831.
Kuwait reported 885 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths, raising the tally of infections in the country to 12,860 and the death toll to 96, the health ministry said in a statement.
Currently, 9,124 patients are receiving treatment, including 190 in ICU, according to the statement.
Egypt reported 21 more deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in the North African country to 592, the health ministry announced Friday.
The number of the confirmed cases in Egypt grew by 399 to 11,228, while the number of recoveries rose by 137 to 2,799.
The Omani health ministry announced on Friday 284 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 4,625.
In Iraq, the health ministry reported 117 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 3,193.