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Kuwait airport will implement PCR verification for 8 countries this month

All airlines operating at Kuwait International Airport will start implementing a program to verify PCR certificates for eight countries starting March 25, according to local reports.The countries included at the initial stage are UAE, Bahrain, Turkey, India, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangl


Iraq records new surge in COVID-19 cases

BAGHDAD: Iraq recorded a new high of 5,663 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, health officials said, nearly two weeks since the visit of Pope Francis to the country.The number of Iraqis infected since the Covid-19 pandemic began now stands at over 768,000 including 13,827 deaths, with 33 of those in


Saudi Arabia’s medicine authority says no cases of blood clots in vaccines as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority (FDA) confirmed on Tuesday it has not received any reports of cases of blood clots or thrombosis from people who have received COVID-19 vaccines.The authority said it was continuously monitoring the safety of the vaccines available in the Kingdo


Rockets hit Iraqi military base hosting US contractors

At least seven rockets hit an Iraqi military airbase which houses US contractors in Balad, north of Baghdad, on Monday. There were no reported casualties, Iraqi security officials said. The Iraqi military said two additional rockets fell outside the Balad airbase, 80 kilometres from the capital,


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sends message to Kuwait emir

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sent a written letter to Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.The letter dealt with the “solid fraternal relations between the two countries and two peoples, in addition to issues of common interest, an


UAE records 1,898 new COVID-19 infections, 7 deaths

The UAE has recorded 1,898 new coronavirus cases after conducting 205,579 tests, state news agency WAM reported.The total number of infections in the country now stands at 428,295, since the pandemic began the health ministry said.It added that seven people died from coronavirus complications, rai


UAE reports 1,992 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

 Coronavirus cases in the UAE hit below 2,000 for first time in over a month, with health authorities confirming 1,992 infections overnight after conducting 232,901 additional COVID-19 tests. The last time daily coronavirus cases hit below the 2,000-mark was on Jan. 5 with 1,967 infections.


Over 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry said that more than 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered across 500 sites to date.Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said that the decision to withdraw the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by a number of European countries was done tempor


Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health says AstraZeneca vaccine is safe

AstraZeneca received more good news on Saturday, as Saudi Arabia became the latest country to say that there had been no reported blood clots or other significant side effects among those who had received its Covid-19 vaccine. Controversy arose last week when it emerged that a man in Italy had di


Saudi Arabia announces 7 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announced seven deaths from COVID-19 and 351 new infections on Saturday.Of the new cases, 175 were recorded in Riyadh, 74 in the Eastern Province, 42 in Makkah, 13 in Madinah, eight in Asir, seven in Hail, three in the Northern Borders region, three in Jazan and two in Najra


UAE reports 2,250 new COVID-19 infections, 9 deaths

The United Arab Emirates has reported 2,250 new coronavirus infections in past 24 hours after conducting 239,525 tests, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.The total number of cases now stands at 422,246, the health ministry said.The country also confirmed nine deaths, raising the total fatal


Nearly 16,000 arrivals undergoing Covid-19 quarantine in Oman

Oman has nearly 16,000 travellers in mandatory hotel quarantine across the country, officials said on Thursday as they extended a ban on arrivals from 10 countries for another two weeks to control surge in Covid-19 cases. Oman introduced the seven-day hotel quarantine requirement for all arrivals


Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced six deaths from COVID-19 and 390 new infections on Thursday.Of the new cases, 164 were recorded in Riyadh, 66 in the Eastern Province, 48 in Makkah, 30 in the Northern Borders region, 29 in Madinah, 10 in Hail, seven in Asir, seven in Jazan and three in Najran.The to


UAE enlists K9 dogs in fight against coronavirus

The UAE’s Ministry of Interior has started enlisting mobile units of K9 sniffer dogs to track possible coronavirus cases, state news agency WAM reported. The units will be working in specific areas and venues during events and competitions to enable organizers and health authorities to curb


UAE coronavirus cases continue to fall

DUBAI: The UAE on Thursday reported another decline in confirmed coronavirus cases with 2,087 confirmed infections from 225,489 COVID-19 tests done overnight. The country’s caseload is now at 419,996 of which 399,803 individuals have been reported to have recuperated from the contagious dis


Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced six deaths from COVID-19 and 386 new infections on Wednesday.Of the new cases, 177 were recorded in Riyadh, 81 in the Eastern Province, 43 in Makkah, 16 in Hail, 13 in Madinah, 10 in Asir, eight in the Northern Borders region, eight in Jazan and four in Najran.The to


Kuwait leads Gulf countries in political rights and freedoms

The State of Kuwait has topped the list of Gulf countries in terms of political rights and freedoms, a new report by the US-based Freedom House has revealed. The State of Kuwait is followed in terms of civil liberties and political rights by Qatar, the Sultanate of Oman, the UAE, Bahrain, and Sau


8 Saudi mosques close after 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi authorities temporarily closed eight mosques in three regions of Saudi Arabia on Monday, after 10 worshipers tested positive for COVID-19.The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance said that 236 mosques have been closed in the past 29 days. Of those, 224 reopened after they




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