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Coronavirus cases rise across Arab world

COVID-19 infections tops 409,000 worldwide as death toll exceeds 18,200

Coronavirus cases rise across Arab world


Coronavirus cases have increased Tuesday in 12 Arab countries -- Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Tunisia, Palestine, Algeria, Oman, Kuwait, Sudan, Morocco and Jordan.

Iraq confirmed four deaths from the virus known as COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 27, along with 316 infections, including 75 patients who recovered, according to its Health Ministry.

It said two deaths had been confirmed in Karbala and one each in Nineveh and al-Sulaymaniyah.

Meanwhile, Lebanon said the number of cases there rose to 304 with 37 new cases.

Saudi Arabian health authorities confirmed its first death and reported 205 additional cases, raising the total to 767.

Bahrain reported a new death, bringing the total to three.

According to health officials, the new death was a Bahraini national who recently returned from Iran.

The number of infections in the country has reached 377.

In Tunisia, officials reported 25 new cases, raising the number of infections to 114, including one recovered case.

Palestine reported a new case brought the total number now to 60.

"A woman has been infected with the coronavirus in the city of Ramallah [central West Bank] from the U.S., bringing the number of infected cases to 60," said government spokesperson Ibrahim Melhem.

Algerian health authorities said the death toll reached 19 with two new deaths, and confirmed 264 cases as 34 additional cases were confirmed. 

Oman confirmed 18 new cases, bringing the total to 84. 

In Kuwait, a total of 191 cases with two new cases and nine recovered brought the total recovered to 39. 

Sudan authorities reported the second case in the country. 

Meanwhile, Morocco reported a new death, bringing the death toll to five, and confirmed another 27 new cases, raising the total to 170. 

Jordanian Health Minister Saad Jaber also confirmed 26 infections, raising the total coronavirus cases to 153, including one recovered.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December the coronavirus has spread to at least 169 countries and regions. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic.

According to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed cases worldwide is more than 409,000 with the death toll exceeding 18,200, while over 106,500 have recovered.

*Bassel Ibrahim contributed to this report from Ankara

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