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COVID-19 continues to claim more lives in Arab region

Tunisia, Oman, UAE, Kuwait report new deaths from virus, while Qatar registers fresh infections

29.09.2020
COVID-19 continues to claim more lives in Arab region

ISTANBUL 

Health authorities in four Arab countries confirmed additional fatalities due to the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Tunisian Health Ministry said 32 people died from COVID-19, while 1,291 others tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours.

Tunisia’s tally now rose to 17,405 confirmed cases, including 246 deaths.

In Oman, the Health Ministry confirmed 11 fatalities and 528 infections, taking the Gulf state’s count to 98,585, including 935 deaths, and 88,528 recoveries.


In the United Arab Emirates, the country’s nationwide death toll rose to 416 after three people lost their lives to the virus, while the number of infections rose to 93,090 cases after 995 new infections were recorded.


Kuwait’s Health Ministry also registered two deaths and 587 infections in the past day.


The Gulf state’s case tally now soared to 104,568, including 607 deaths, and 96,049 recoveries.


Meanwhile, Qatar’s Health Ministry said 222 infections were registered, taking the country’s total figure of cases to 125,533, including 214 deaths, and 122,448 recoveries.


Worldwide, the virus has exceeded one million lives in 188 countries and regions since it broke out in China in December.


The US, Brazil, India are currently the worst-hit countries.


Over 33.4 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries surpassing 23.2 million, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.


*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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