Latest: Coronavirus Spreading In The Middle-East Fast. Besides UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and Israel, Now Cases Emerging In Kuwait, Bahrain and Afghanistan.
The first Middle-East coronavirus
cases were reported in UAE
on the 29th
of January 2020 when a family of four locals had contracted the disease on a trip to Wuhan, since then the number had only slowly grown to a total of 13 confirmed coronavirus
cases in the whole of UAE
, of which 3 have since ‘recovered’ and only two are in critical condition.
Subsequently single cases were detected in Egypt
, Lebanon and two in Israel
On the 19th
Of February, Iran
announced its first two cases of the coronavirus
, of which both died the next day. (Sources are saying that the coronavirus
infections were already manifesting in Iran
much earlier but local authorities and doctors were ‘mistaking’ it for another influenza strain.)
As the coronavirus
epidemic spiraled out of control in Iran over the last few days with more than 12 deaths now (Monday 24th
February as of 4pm Bangkok time) and more than 47 confirmed coronavirus
infected cases. (in reality the figures are much higher), the Covid-19 disease has now spread to Iraq
, (I case) , Kuwait
(3 cases, ) Bahrain
(1 case) and Afghanistan
Though the numbers look small, the worrying factor is that there are thousands of suspected cases that are being investigated all over in each country with the majority in Iran.
The lack of sufficient test kits and adherence to proper protocols is making diagnosis an issue while certain countries do not even have testing facilities such as Afghanistan
could be the next hotbed region if coordinated efforts are not put into place which is most unlikely considering that there is a long history of mistrust and conflict between each other in the region.
The new cases in Kuwait
involve people who had visited Iran, which has reported 47 cases of the covid-19
The state news agency KUNA said that Kuwait
detected the coronavirus
in three people among 700 who had been evacuated on Saturday from the north-eastern Iranian city of Mashhad
government officials identified them as a 53-year-old Kuwaiti man, a 61-year-old Saudi
man and a 21-year-old whose nationality was unclear. It said the Kuwaiti and Saudi
had been asymptomatic while the third person showed initial symptoms.
Meanwhile, the health ministry in Bahrain
on Monday said a Bahraini national who arrived from Iran
had been diagnosed with the disease and that &ld
quo;all necessary measures have been taken with individuals in contact with the patient”.
’s minister of public health said on Monday the country had identified its first case of coronavirus
, following dozens of cases of the disease and twelve deaths in neighbouring Iran
Ferozuddin Feroz, the minister of public health, told a press conference in Kabul one of three suspected cases had been confirmed in the western province of Herat. He announced a state of emergency in the province, which borders Iran
, where dozens of cases of the disease have been confirmed and twelve people have died.
announced it will quarantine passengers arriving from Iran
and South Korea
who show symptoms for the virus. Passengers who show symptoms will be transferred to the communicable disease centre at the Hamad Medical Corporation. All incoming passengers from Iran
and South Korea
whose final destination is Doha
and are showing no symptoms will be asked to stay in home isolation or a quarantine facility for 14 days.
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