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Oman to ban entry of visitors from April 8

Oman will only allow citizens and residents to enter the Gulf Arab state from April 8 following an increase in COVID-19 cases that is pressuring the health care system, the country's coronavirus committee said on Monday, Reuters reports. The committee also extended an evening ban on all

UAE reports 2,012 new COVID-19 infections, 2 deaths

The UAE has confirmed 2,012 new coronavirus infections after conducting 195,573 tests, state news agency WAM reported.The total number of infections in the country now stands at 472,148 since the pandemic began, the health ministry said.It added that two people died from virus complications, raisi

Saudi Arabia confirms 7 COVID-19 deaths, 695 new cases

Saudi Arabia recorded seven new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,704.The Ministry of Health confirmed 695 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 393,377 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total nu

Two rockets hit near Iraq air base hosting US soldiers

BAGHDAD: Two rockets hit near an Iraqi air base hosting US soldiers north of Baghdad on Sunday, three days ahead of a new “strategic dialogue” with Washington, a security source told AFP. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike, which caused no casualties or prop

Saudi Arabia announces six more COVID-19 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced six deaths from COVID-19 and 684 new infections on Saturday.Of the new cases, 320 were recorded in Riyadh, 131 in Makkah, 98 in the the Eastern Province, 26 in Madinah, 18 in Hail, 18 in Asir, 15 in Jazan, 12 in Tabuk, nine in the Northern Borders region, nine in Naj

Qatar Races Mounting Virus Toll With Vaccine Drive

Qatar is stepping up its coronavirus vaccination drive, officials said Wednesday, with new daily cases almost quadrupling since January and prompting calls for a renewed lockdown. While the country's death toll per capita is low, almost 5 percent of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic were

UAE reports 2,315 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths

The UAE reported 2,315 new coronavirus cases and two deaths after conducting 237,240 additional COVID-19 tests overnight. The country’s coronavirus caseload is now at 463,759 with 1,499 fatalities, health officials said in a report from state news agency WAM. An additional 2,435 individual

Saudi Arabia announces seven more COVID-19 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced seven deaths from COVID-19 and 590 new infections on Thursday.Of the new cases, 238 were recorded in Riyadh, 111 in Makkah, 84 in the the Eastern Province, 34 in Madinah, 30 in the Northern Borders region, 22 in Hail, 17 in Asir, 12 in Tabuk, 10 in Jazan, seven in Na

Kuwait plans $2 billion bonus for front line Covid staff as parliament meets

Kuwait’s Cabinet on Tuesday agreed to a $2bn bonus for frontline staff battling against Covid-19 in recognition of their “efforts and sacrifices”. The bill will now go to the parliament before final ratification by Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed, the emir of Kuwait. Kuwait has conducted

Bahrain appoints first ambassador to Israel

Bahrain appointed its first ambassador to Israel on Tuesday, cementing the newly formed ties between the two nations. Bahraini diplomat Khaled Yousif Al Jalahma will head the diplomatic mission in Israel. He was the director of the operations in the Bahraini foreign ministry, and previously worke

Bahrain’s leaders hold talks with Chinese foreign minister

King Hamad said Bahrain takes pride in its close historical ties with China during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.The king said relations are based on strong foundations of trust, mutual respect, cooperation and joint coordination in all fields.Wang Yi, who is touring Gulf countri

‏UAE Records 1,874 New COVID-19 Cases

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) reported 1,874 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 457,071. This came after it conducted 167,309 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours. ‏According to the Ministry, the infected individua

No third COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi Arabia yet, says ministry spokesman

 Saudi Arabia’s authorities will approve a third coronavirus vaccine only after it has passed all regulations and necessary stages in order to ensure its safety for residents, according to a Ministry of Health official.Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly told Sunday’s co

Iraq’s Jewish community dwindles to fewer than five

The death of Dhafer Eliyahu hit Iraq hard, not only because the doctor treated the neediest for free, but because with his passing, only four Jews now remain in the country.At the Habibiya Jewish Cemetery in the capital Baghdad, wedged between the Martyr Monument erected by former ruler Saddam Hus

Saudi Arabia daily COVID-19 cases continue above 500

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced seven deaths from COVID-19 and 531 new infections on Sunday.Of the new cases, 221 were recorded in Riyadh, 105 in the Eastern Province, 99 in Makkah, 27 in Madinah, 14 in Asir, 13 in Hail, eight in Tabuk, six in Al-Jouf, five in Jazan, five in the Northern Borders re

UAE administers 122,069 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 24 hours

The Ministry of Health and Prevention reported administering 122,069 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday.  The total number of doses provided up to today stands at 8,081,751 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 81.71 doses per 100 people.  The vaccination drive is in line with th

Next week .. Al-Kazemi will visit Saudi Arabia

An Iraqi government source said that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will visit the Saudi capital, Riyadh, at the end of next week. The source added, "Al-Kazemi will meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and he may also meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz." He pointed out that "the visit will discu

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Saudi Arabia with 482 new infections

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the Kingdom with 482 infections announced on Thursday. Of the new cases, 204 were recorded in Riyadh, 84 in Makkah, 76 in the Eastern Province, 34 in the Northern Borders region, 21 in Madinah, 14 in Hail, 10 in Jazan, eight in Asir, seven