Blog archive: Bahrain

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 7th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran reported 1,234 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the official total to 4,747. The official death toll increased by 17, to 124. Elsewhere in the Middle East there are 61 new cases – by far the highest daily increase since the epidemic began. It brings the cumulative total for the...
  • 6th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Summary for Friday March 6 Iran reported 591 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the official total to 3,513. The official death toll increased by 15, to 107. Elsewhere in the Middle East there were 20 new cases since yesterday's update, bringing the cumulative total to 267. In...
  • 5th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Summary: Iran reported 586 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the official total to 2,922. The official death toll increased by 15, to 92. Elsewhere in the Middle East, 22 new cases have been confirmed since yesterday's update, bringing the total to 247. The largest number of...
  • 4th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran reported 835 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the official (but disputed) total to 2,336. The official death toll increased by 11, to 77. Also on Tuesday, Iran's civil defence chief, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, made the extraordinary suggestion that his country has...

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