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  • 6th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Houthis who rule over much of northern Yemen have now confirmed what many had long suspected: that the Covid-19 virus is present in the territory they control. Yesterday their health minister announced that a man found dead in a hotel in the capital, Sana'a, on Sunday had been...
  • 5th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi firms that run into financial trouble because of the coronavirus epidemic will be allowed to cut workers' wages by 40% – and then sack them after six months – under a decision approved by the kingdom's ministry of human resources. In legal terms, it means companies can break existing...
  • 4th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At the end of March, President Sisi hailed Egypt's efforts to combat the coronavirus epidemic as "good and reassuring". Amid such confidence, his regime even made a show of sending medical aid to worse-hit countries such as Italy and the United States. Now, little more than a month later, the...
  • 3rd May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Ten Covid-19 cases have now been confirmed in war-torn Yemen where health services face an increasingly desperate situation. Aside from coronavirus, they are already struggling with at least two other plagues – dengue fever and chikungunya. The seat of the Covid-19 outbreak is the southern...
  • 2nd May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Sudan's Covid-19 outbreak is still in its early stages but growing fast. Confirmed cases have more than doubled over the last five days and now total 533. The vast majority of these infections have occurred in and around the capital, Khartoum, where the authorities imposed a three-week...
  • 1st May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Police in Morocco have arrested more than 80,000 people during the last six weeks for violating the coronavirus lockdown, according to official figures from the Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nationale (DGSN). On Wednesday alone, 4,582 were arrested – the highest daily total so far. Other...
  • 30th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Covid-19 has reappeared in Yemen with the announcement of five new cases in the southern city of Aden. This could scarcely have come at a worse time. Last week the city was declared a disaster area after flash floods swept several people away and caused streets to be bathed in sewage. In the...
  • 29th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Thousands of undocumented migrant workers are awaiting repatriation from Kuwait under a government scheme aimed at countering the spread of Covid-19. Crowded living conditions make migrant workers especially vulnerable to infection and the effect of the scheme will be to reduce their numbers...
  • 28th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Worldwide, more than three million people are now known to have been infected by the Covid-19 coronavirus. Among those, slightly less than two million are currently recorded as "active" cases – the numbers are reduced by people recovering or, in some cases, dying. Changes in the number of active...
  • 27th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In a controversial move to mark the start of Ramadan, the Algerian government has eased restrictions in Blida – the province at the centre of the country's Covid-19 epidemic. A total lockdown of Blida imposed on March 23 has now been reduced to a partial curfew running from 2pm to 7am daily....
  • 26th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia has announced an easing of its coronavirus restrictions to allow for "the return of some economic activities in line with health instructions". On the face of it, this could be a risky move because the Covid-19 virus is still spreading more rapidly in the kingdom than among any...
  • 25th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    So far, Libya has only 61 confirmed cases of Covid-19 but limited capacity for testing means an unknown number of infections are going undetected. At the same time, Libya faces a series of additional problems that make tackling the virus more difficult. The country is now in its ninth year of...

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