a protective face mask is left on the ground during the Eid al-Adha prayers, next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City
A protective face mask is left on the ground during the Eid al-Adha prayers, next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City
Photo: AP
A protective face mask left on the ground during the Eid al-Adha prayers, on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City

Mideast's confirmed coronavirus death toll goes over 50,000

Iran remains hardest-hit nation, which saw region’s first major outbreak with over 21,900 people dead from the virus and over 380,000 confirmed cases

Associated Press |
Updated: 09.03.20 , 15:41
The confirmed death toll from the coronavirus went over 50,000 in the Middle East on Thursday as the pandemic continues.
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  • That’s according to a count from The Associated Press, based on official numbers offered by health authorities across the region.
    a protective face mask is left on the ground during the Eid al-Adha prayers, next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City a protective face mask is left on the ground during the Eid al-Adha prayers, next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City
    A protective face mask left on the ground during the Eid al-Adha prayers, on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City
    (Photo: AP)
    Those numbers still may be an undercount, though, as testing in war-torn nations like Libya and Yemen remains extremely limited.
    The top UN official for Libya on Wednesday warned the coronavirus pandemic in the war-ravaged country appears to be “spiraling out of control.” Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who hold parts of the nation, have refused to release virus statistics.
    The hardest-hit nation remains Iran, which saw the region’s first major outbreak. Over 21,900 people have died there from the virus, with over 380,000 confirmed cases and 328,000 recoveries.
    people wearing protective face masks to help prevent spread of the coronavirus mourn during an annual ceremony commemorating Ashoura in Tehran, Iran people wearing protective face masks to help prevent spread of the coronavirus mourn during an annual ceremony commemorating Ashoura in Tehran, Iran
    People wearing protective face masks during an annual ceremony commemorating Ashoura in Tehran, Iran
    (Photo: AP)
    Israel just recorded a record-high 3,000 new cases in a day as the country’s coronavirus czar is set to submit a list of more detailed recommended restrictions where infection rates have been highest.
    Israel earned praise for its early handling of the virus crisis and imposing tight movement restrictions.
    But since reopening the economy in May, new cases have spiked to record levels and the government has been blamed for mismanaging the resurgence.
    ultra-Orthodox Jews pray a morning prayer next to their house as synagogues limited to twenty people following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in Bnei Brak, Israel ultra-Orthodox Jews pray a morning prayer next to their house as synagogues limited to twenty people following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in Bnei Brak, Israel
    Ultra-Orthodox Jews at morning prayer outdoors next to their homes in Bnei Brak, Israel
    (Photo: AP)
    Pakistan’s numbers have continued to decline — befuddling expectations in mid-June when even the authorities were anticipating a massive increase in cases.
    In Afghanistan, the government also has opened up its recreational facilities and most businesses. But experts fear the real numbers are likely far higher than officially reported.
    The United Arab Emirates, which has embarked on a mass testing campaign, saw its highest daily confirmed new case count in over three months. That came as schools have reopened in the country and Dubai has offered itself as a tourist destination.
    First published: 15:41 , 09.03.20
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