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  • 19th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    From today Jordan's capital, Amman, is sealed off by the military and movement between the country's 12 governorates is prohibited. There are also restrictions on movement within the governorates. This follows a royal decree activating Jordan's National Defence Law, intended mainly for times of...
  • 18th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Egyptian government has accused reporters from the Guardian and the New York Times of violating "all the rules of journalistic work" in connection with the country's coronavirus epidemic. The Sisi regime's State Information Service said on Wednesday it was withdrawing the accreditation of...
  • 17th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran reported 1,053 new coronavirus cases on Monday, with a further 129 deaths. This brings the cumulative total to 14,991 cases and 853 deaths, according to the official figures. Elsewhere in the Middle East, a further 216 cases have been confirmed since yesterday's update, bringing the...
  • 16th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    IN TODAY'S REPORT: ● Israel calls on Shin Bet to track coronavirus contacts ● Stringent new measures in Saudi Arabia ● Doubts over coronavirus "rapid tests" ● Statistical updates ● Country-by-country round-up Israel calls on Shin Bet to track coronavirus contacts Governments...
  • 15th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In Iran, the daily death toll from coronavirus and the numbers of new cases continue to rise – as they have done on each of the last five days. Saturday's official figures showed 97 more deaths and 1,365 new cases. Elsewhere in the Middle East 191 new cases were confirmed, bringing the...
  • 14th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Although there are 35 known coronavirus cases among Palestinians in the West Bank, so far none have been diagnosed in Gaza. Given the siege conditions in Gaza, it's widely believed that an outbreak there would be catastrophic – and it may only be a matter of time. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz...
  • 13th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Governments in the Middle East are not providing enough information about coronavirus cases in their countries, the regional director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Thursday. The director, Dr Ahmed al-Mandhari, reminded them of them of their duty under the International Health...
  • 12th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The coronavirus epidemic took a dramatic and terrifying turn in the Middle East on Wednesday. The total of known cases outside Iran leapt by 60% in a single day to 1,056. The number of confirmed new cases was 420 – almost five times the highest one-day increase reported previously. These are...
  • 11th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On Tuesday Iran reported 54 more deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total to 291. The daily death toll has risen on each of the last five days, and Tuesday's figure is the highest yet recorded. The authorities say a total of 8,042 people have been infected since the outbreak began. On Tuesday...
  • 10th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran reported 595 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the official total to 7,161. Although the official figures need to be treated with caution there are tentative signs that Iran's situation may be improving. The number of reported new cases has fallen steadily over three consecutive days,...
  • 9th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran, the Middle Eastern country most affected by the coronavirus epidemic, reported 743 new cases on Sunday, bringing the official total to 6,566. For the second day running there was a drop in the number of new cases reported in Iran but the number of deaths – 49 – was the highest so far...
  • 8th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran reported 1,076 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the official total to 5,823. Across the rest of the Middle East the total is much lower – 415 confirmed cases – but the overall trend is now relentlessly upwards. On Friday, the number of new cases, which had not previously...

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