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COVID-19 cases, fatalities on rise in Arab countries

New numbers announced in 8 countries

Zehra Nur Düz   | 13.01.2021
COVID-19 cases, fatalities on rise in Arab countries


Iraq, Palestine, Libya, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced more infections and deaths linked to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday as they continued efforts to contain the disease. 


In Iraq, five people died in the past 24 hours, pushing the nationwide fatalities to 12,911.

With 810 new infections, the overall caseload rose to 604,549. A total of 560,583 recoveries have been recorded. 


Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaili said 15 more people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours in territories under Israeli occupation and blockade and that 815 new cases have been identified.

In the Palestinian territories with a population of about five million (West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem), the total number of cases reached 167,674, while there are 1,784 deaths and 150,834 recoveries.


The National Center for Combating Diseases in Libya registered 33 new virus-related deaths, 652 cases, and 992 recoveries.

The total number of cases rose to 106,030. There are 1,622 deaths and 82,229 recoveries.


The Kuwaiti Health Ministry registered one death, 494 cases and 202 recoveries.

Total cases rose to 155,335. The country has 946 deaths and 149,575 recoveries.


The Health Ministry in Oman recorded 164 cases and 163 recoveries. Those figures raised the total to 130,944 infections. So far, 123,187 people have recovered.

Saudi Arabia

Five more deaths and 147 new cases were recorded in Saudi Arabia, bringing the tallies to 6,300 deaths and 364,096 infections, respectively. There are 355,857 recoveries.


In Jordan, 33 people died while another 1,176 got infected, pushing the totals to 4,076 deaths and 309,846 cases.

As many as 1,674 patients also regained health, bringing the total recoveries to 292,104.


The UAE’s Health Ministry said six more people died from COVID-19, 3,243 were infected and 2,195 had recovered.

The country’s death toll rose to 717 and the number of cases reached 236,225 while a total of 210,561 patients have recovered. 

The virus outbreak has claimed more than 1.95 million lives in 191 countries and regions since last December.

Over 91.36 million cases have been reported worldwide, with more than 50.53 million recoveries, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz​​​​​​​

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