Mena Covid-19 cases reach 75,185

07 April 2020
Governments clamp down on movement as case numbers continue daily growth

More than 75,185 cases of Covid-19 have been registered in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region as of 7 April. 

About 4,250 deaths have been reported due to Covid-19 in the region. 

Regional governments continue to clamp down on outdoor movement as part of measures to contain Covid-19. 

On 6 April, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior applied a 24-hour ∂aily curfew to the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Hofuf, and the provinces of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar.

As measures to further cushion the blow from Covid-19 on Saudi Arabia’s economy, the Ministry of Human Resources & Social Development said Saudi private sector employers whose businesses are affected by Covid-19 are permitted to cut their employees’ wages and working hours. 

Employers that have benefited from state subsidies, such as the SR9bn ($2.4bn) fund created last week to compensate Saudi workers for the effects of Covid-19, may not terminate employment contracts, but employees retain this right.

Saudi Arabia has 2,605 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 551 recoveries and 38 deaths.

In neighbouring Kuwait, which has 665 confirmed Covid-19 cases, the partial daily curfew on outdoor movement has been extended by two hours, and a lockdown has been imposed on the Mahboula and Jleeb al-Shuyoukh areas, which reports say are densely populated by low-wage expats. 

Employers that compel their Mahboula-based workers to leave their homes will face legal action, the Interior Ministry said on 6 April, adding that police forces are monitoring the area.

With 8,265 confirmed Covid-19 infections, the GCC accounts for about 11 per cent of Mena’s total 75,185 cases. 

Regional epicentre Iran has 60,500 cases of Covid-19, with 24,236 recoveries and 3,739 deaths to date. 

Covid-19 in the Mena region:

(7 April 2020)

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Saudi Arabia               

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,605
  • Recoveries: 551
  • Deaths: 38

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 6 April: Interior ministry applies 24-hour curfew to Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, Hofuf, and the provinces of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar
  • 5 April: Health ministry says results of a Google Maps Covid-19 Community Mobility Report are “very concerning” as the individual mobility rate in Saudi Arabia remains above 40 per cent. Spokesperson Mohammed al-Abd al-Aly urges people to stay home, saying one infected patient could cause between 30 and 70 cases.
  • 4 April: Interior Ministry imposes 24-hour curfew on seven neighbourhoods in Jeddah governorate
  • 3 April: Curfew imposed in Dammam, Taif and Qatif until further notice
  • 1 April: Ministry of Health issues shopping guidelines

Measures to minimise the economic crisis:   

  • 6 April: Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development says Saudi private-sector employers whose businesses are affected by Covid-19 permitted to cut their employees’ wages and working hours after employees have consented. Employers who have benefited from state subsidies such as the SR9bn ($2.4bn) fund created last week to compensate Saudi workers for the effects of Covid-19 may not terminate employment contracts, but employees retain this right.
  • 5 April: King Salman requests to hold Shoura Council sessions and committee meetings remotely 
  • 5 April: Qassim Governor Prince Faisal bin Mishaal oversees emergency meeting to review measures supporting local SMEs
  • 5 April: General Authority of Civil Aviation chairman and Saudi transport minister Saleh al-Jasser says work is under way to repatriate Saudi citizens stranded abroad
  • 4 April: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology opens fast-track grant programme to develop coronavirus research
  • 4 April: Resident identity cards of expatriates in Saudi Arabia to be automatically extended for three months at no extra charge, the General Directorate of Passports says
  • 3 April: King Salman issues royal decree ordering the allocation of SAR9bn ($2.4bn) to compensate citizens working in facilities affected by repercussions of the pandemic. The royal decree exempts Saudis working in the affected private sector facilities from Articles 8, 10 and 14 of the Unemployment Insurance (Sanad) scheme.
  • 1 April: Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has allocated SAR17bn ($4.5bn) to deal with the economic and jobs fall-out from Covid-19, with measures including fee exemptions for expat workers whose residency permits (iqama) expire before 30 June, and disallowing forced unpaid leave without employees’ consent
  • 1 April: Ahmad bin Suleiman Al-Rajihi, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and chairman of the General Authority of Awqaf, inaugurates SAR500m community fund to contend with Covid-19’s effects, including SAR100m from the awqaf authority and SAR50m from the labour ministry
  • 1 April: Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) contributes SAR30m and the company’s contractors and suppliers and other partners add SAR24.65m to support the Health Endowment Fund
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
UAE

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,076
  • Recoveries: 167
  • Deaths: 11

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 6 April: Etihad Airways to test airport technology to help identify medically at-risk travellers
  • 5 April: Dubai Free Zones implement remote working and federal authorities launch initiative for private sector employees wishing to return home while the UAE implements precautionary measures to curb Covid-19
  • 4 April: Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development extends temporary closure of commercial centres, shopping malls, cinemas, electronic game halls (arcades) and other entertainment destinations in Abu Dhabi until further notice
  • 4 April: Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management extends national sterilisation programme to 24 hours a day for two weeks, subject to renewal
  • 4 April: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority suspends Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram
  • 3 April: Ministries of health and interior extend national disinfection programme launched on 26 March, with each emirate to draw and implement its own plans for the sterilisation drive that restricted outdoor movement between 8pm and 6am
  • 2 April: UAE renews suspension of entry for all foreign nationals holding valid UAE residence visas
  • 1 April: Ministry of Interior suspends federal and local permits, and online vehicle applications, for outdoor movement during the daily disinfection programme

Measures to minimise the economic crisis:   

  • 6 April: Emirates NBD and Emirates Islamic contribute AED2m each to support Ministry of Education’s remote learning initiatives
  • 6 April: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority unveils support package, including a six-month waiver of all touristic licences, a waiver of tourism dirhams from March to May, and exempting tourism licensing fees for Q2 and Q3 and tourism licensing fines until 30 September
  • 6 April: Emaar Properties donates AED100m to support the Social Solidarity Fund against Covid-19 launched by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai
  • 6 April: Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry contributes AED20m to Authority of Social Contribution’s (Ma’an) Covid-19 relief programme
  • 5 April: Sharjah Chamber urges property owners to reschedule rental payments due to Covid-19
  • 5 April: Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri says during cabinet meeting that local stimulus packages provided so far have a combined value of AED126.5bn, and ministry officials in charge of the National SME Programme are working to reduce business costs for small firms
  • 5 April: Ministry of Energy and Industry, Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris al-Mazrouei, says 500 F&B plants registered with the ministry are currently operational to meet the domestic and export demand, and 70 other facilities will supply the medical sector with equipment, medicine, solutions and medical gases, such as oxygen
  • 5 April: Cabinet says IDs to be renewed without fines until the end of 2020, and approves the issuance of fundraising and mental health laws
  • 4 April: RTA says public bus services will be free of charge for individuals permitted to leave their homes during the extended disinfection period, while Dubai Taxi vehicles and franchised taxis will offer a 50 per cent discount on normal fares
  • 4 April: Securities and Commodities Authority provides listed companies additional 45 days to file their financial statements for 2019 and Q1 2020
  • 3 April: General Civil Aviation Authority says repatriation flights to be temporarily permitted
  • 2 April: Sharjah Charity International provides financial and in-kind support worth AED7.5m to the families affected by Covid-19, of which AED2m was dedicated to the UAE’s anti-coronavirus fund
  • 2 April: Gulftainer launches service to prioritise delivery of medical supply consignments
  • 1 April: Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and Abu Dhabi Global Market pledge corporate support to ease economic impact of Covid-19, and Abu Dhabi Health Services dedicates Al Ain Hospital to treat Covid-19 patients
  • 1 April: Dubai Economy launches daily price tracker for staple food and essentials to curb price manipulation 
  • 1 April: Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority and the Sharjah Private Education Authority order schools to issue fee refunds
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Bahrain

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 756
  • Recoveries: 458
  • Deaths: 4

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 5 April: Bahrain rolls out e-bracelets and tracking app to ensure individuals required to self-isolate are complying with health orders. The bracelet will notify the monitoring station when the wearer is 15 meters away from their phone and a warning will be sent. Violators face legal penalties as per Public Health Law No. 34 of 2018, including potentially being sentenced to imprisonment for a period not less than three months or a fine of BHD1,000-10,000, or both penalties.
  • 2 April: Civil Service Bureau confirms rate of remote working employees at ministries, entities and government departments to be increased to 70 per cent from 5 April 

Measures to minimise the economic crisis:  

  • 2 April: Ministry of Industry and Commerce fixes face mask prices to curb gouging
  • 2 April: Labour Market Regulatory Authority terminates monthly work fees and fees for issuing and renewing work permits for three months from 1 April
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Kuwait

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 665
  • Recoveries: 103
  • Deaths: 1

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 6 April: Partial curfew extended by two hours and lockdown imposed on the Mahboula and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh areas, which reports say are densely populated by expats. Employers that compel their Mahboula-based workers to leave their homes will face legal action, interior ministry says, adding police forces are monitoring the area.
  • 3 April: Sanitisation drive intensifies in capital Kuwait City
  • 1 April: Cabinet closes car workshops and reduces worker numbers at consumer cooperative society outlets to curb Covid-19

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 6 April: Kuwait Municipality reduces number of commercial activities exempted from restrictions to nine from 17
  • 5 April: Kuwait Municipality closes fish, cattle and sheep markets to the public. Slaughterhouses have also been closed, and all fresh produce will now be sold through cooperative societies, supermarkets and retailers.
  • 4 April: Kuwait Banking Association chairman Adel Al-Majed says Central Bank of Kuwait’s 1 April stimulus package makes KWD5bn ($16.5bn) available for additional lending from local banks
  • 1 April: Kuwait announces new round of economic relief measures, including soft long-term loans from local banks and loan repayment delays for companies affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The cabinet has also directed government agencies to pay private sector companies as soon as possible, and waived selected payment obligations for private firms.
  • 1 April: Kuwaiti Amir donates KD5m to recently launched Covid-19 fund on behalf of the al-Sabah family
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Oman

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 331
  • Recoveries: 61
  • Deaths: 2

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 6 April: Muscat Municipality eyes direct import of goods at Al Mawaleh Central Market
  • 2 April: Dhofar Municipality starts sterilisation campaign
  • 1 April: Muttrah locked out to curb spread of coronavirus
  • 1 April: Muscat Municipality waives parking fees to encourage people to stay at home and uses drones to disinfect public facilities

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 6 April: Ministry of Commerce and Industry provides temporary permission to import food products, health items and goods without information printed in Arabic, as long as all explanatory data is written in English with the option of adding another language
  • 3 April: Muscat operates cargo flights to India and China for food and medical supplies respectively
  • 30 March: Ministry of Finance issues new circular to all government companies on rationalisation of operational and investment spending. The Royal Order stipulates that all government companies cut their approved expenditures for 2020 by 10 per cent, and cease the execution of new projects or capital expenditures for the year. Government entities have also been told to cease spending on all external training sessions, workshops and conferences and exhibitions, and to reduce the funds allocated for official tasks by not less than 50 per cent.
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Qatar

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,832
  • Recoveries: 131
  • Deaths: 3

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 21 March: Public parks and beaches closed to curb spread of Covid-19
  • 18 March: Incoming passenger flights to Doha suspended for non-Qataris for renewable two weeks

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 6 April: Qatar Petroleum could seek to raise debt next year for its domestic North Field LNG expansion and will postpone the start of production from its new gas facilities until 2025 following a delay in the bidding process, CEO Saad al-Kaabi tells Reuters
  • 5 April: Qatar University launches emergency response grant with a budget of up to QR150,000 per research track and invites submissions for research proposals
  • 1 April: Hamad International airport reduces number of onsite food and beverage, retail and ground staff by 40 per cent, with most working remotely or sent on annual leave
  • 30 March: Qatari Health Ministry orders private health care institutions to halt non-emergency services, including dentistry, dermatology, cosmetic surgery and operations except for critical cases
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Iran

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 60,500
  • Recoveries: 24,236
  • Deaths: 3,739

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 4 April: Deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi says the greater Tehran area may face a coronavirus resurgence after many residents flouted advisories to stay home
  • 30 March: Health ministry spokesperson Kianush Jahanpur says Iran considering tougher curbs on movement to reduce spread of coronavirus
  • 29 March: Iran extends prison furloughs until 19 April as coronavirus death toll rise

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 6 April: Khameini approves withdrawal of $1.08bn from country’s sovereign wealth fund to help fight pandemic
  • 6 April: Foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi says Iran will not ask Washington to support Tehran fight Covid-19, but added that “America should lift all its illegal unilateral sanctions on Iran”
  • 5 April: Rouhani says Iran to resume “low-risk” economic activity from 11 April, with Tehran resuming these activities from 18 April. Two-thirds of all Iranian government employees will work out of the office from 11 April, Rouhani reportedly said, adding that “high-risk” areas such as schools, universities and social venues would remain closed until 18 April.
  • 31 March: UN calls to lift sanctions on Iran during coronavirus crisis as Europe sends medical goods to Tehran
  • 28 March: Rouhani says Iran to allocate 20 per cent of its annual state budget to fighting the Covid-19 outbreak and orders state health insurance to cover 90 per cent of coronavirus-linked costs of patients. The IRR1tn budgetary allocation includes grants and low-interest loans.
  • 26 March: Rouhani says government seeking approval to withdraw $1bn from Iran’s sovereign wealth fund to contend with Covid-19
  • 14 March: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges unnamed global leaders to help lift US sanctions
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Egypt

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,322
  • Recoveries: 259
  • Deaths: 85

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 6 April: Project sites and worker areas in Egypt’s New Alamein city disinfected and Armed Forces sterilise Cairo’s Ramses area, Egypt Today reports
  • 5 April: Banque du Caire closes part of its Nasr City headquarters after employee contracts Covid-19
  • 4 April: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi postpones moving civil servants to a planned new administrative capital city to 2021 from 2020, and delays projects including the Grand Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation to next year
  • 1 April: Seven buildings with about 150 employees quarantined and sterilised in Port Said after new cases emerge
  • 30 March: Egyptian Armed Forces sterilise the commercial areas of Old Cairo and Downtown, and tourism ministry resumes extensive sterilisation works
  • 29 March: Hospitals shut for sterilisation and villages quarantined to curb spread of Covid-19

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 6 April: Health minister allocates El Sheikh Zayed hospital for Cairo University staff and workers infected with Covid-19
  • 5 April: Egypt expects economic growth to slow to 4.5 per cent in the third quarter and to 1 per cent in the last three months of its 2019-20 fiscal year to June because of Covid-19’s economic impact, Planning Minister Hala al-Saeed says. Annual growth targets have been revised from 5.6 per cent to 4.2 per cent.
  • 1 April: Cairo orders manufacturers to channel medical protective equipment to public hospitals and announces £E1bn ($64m) in extra funding for its health services
  • 31 March: Egypt reportedly excludes soap bars, shampoo, tissue papers and some crops and legumes from resolution banning export of essentials such as face masks
  • 1 April: Investments in health sector planned to grow by 69 per cent to £E15.3bn in 2020-21, el-Saeed says according to Egypt Today
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Iraq

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,031
  • Recoveries: 344
  • Deaths: 64

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 26 March: Iraq extends nationwide curfew until 11 April

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 31 March: Prime Minister Ayad Allawi thanks China for building lab and donating equipment to test for Covid-19
  • 28 March: Arshad al-Salhi, head of the Iraqi parliamentary Human Rights Committee, says government must draft plan to distribute foodstuff and avoid a famine in the country
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Jordan

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 349
  • Recoveries: 126
  • Deaths: 6

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 5 April: Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army to monitor curfew compliance using drones, and Marqab area of Amman city locked down as border closures extended till after Ramadan
  • 3 April: One-day curfew imposed in sweeping measures to curb Covid-19, confining 10 million residents to their homes
  • 31 March: All-day lockdown involving the closure of previously exempted commercial stores and establishments and a ban on people’s movement across the kingdom will begin on the night of 1 April, Minister of State for Media Affairs Amjad Adaileh said according to Jordan Times
  • 30 March: Health ministry announces new safe shopping measures, with Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army and Public Security Directorate urge banks to practice social distancing

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 6 April: Jordan’s central bank governor Ziad Fariz says Covid-19 crisis has resulted in a sharp drop in demand and production and that the tourism sector will require at a least a year to recover
  • 5 April: Labour ministry to take legal measures against private sector entities that laid off 1,281 workers and employees at the end of March instead of following cabinet directives to send public and private sector employees on official paid leave without reductions to their annual leave balance, Roya News reports
  • 29 March: PM Omar Razzaz and his government team reportedly donate salaries for this month to Jordan’s general budget to support the state treasury, especially the health ministry
  • 15 March: Central Bank of Jordan cuts compulsory reserves for commercial banks to 5 per cent from 7 per cent, adding more than JD500m ($705m) of extra liquidity in the market
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Lebanon

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 541
  • Recoveries: 60
  • Deaths: 19

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 31 March: Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad says system established to allow overseas Lebanese to return home even as country remains in lockdown until 12 April
  • 30 March: Saudi newspaper Arab News reports Lebanese lockdown may be extended by another fortnight to prevent Covid-19’s spread

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 6 April: Lebanese banks will apply an exchange rate of LBP2,600 for withdrawals from accounts of up to LBP5m, central bank source reportedly says
  • 6 April: PM Hassan Diab says Lebanon will audit its central bank’s accounts to show transparency after launching debt restructuring talks with creditors
  • 3 April: Central bank says it is launching a foreign exchange unit to centralise the price of dollars for money-changers and separately confirms deposits of $3,000 or less can be withdrawn in Lebanese pounds at a “market” rate, allowing small depositors to cash out despite tight banking controls
  • 30 March: Fady Gemayel, head of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, says cleaning supplies, disinfectants and food provided to 30 prisons in the country
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Morocco

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,120
  • Recoveries: 81
  • Deaths: 80

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 6 April: Face masks made mandatory and violators face prison sentences of up to three months and a fine of up to MBD1,300
  • 19 March: State of medical emergency declared for 20 March to 20 April, with banks, fuel stations and other critical businesses exempted from the lockdown 

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 5 April: King Mohammed VI pardons 5,654 prisoners and orders measures to protect inmates from the Covid-19 outbreak
  • 29 March: Bank al-Maghrib to allow banks to resort to all available refinancing means in Moroccan dirhams or hard currencies, extends refinancing deadlines and enhances SME programme by merging operational and investment loans to support local business community
  • 27 March: MD1bn allocated for special fund that also includes private donations to contend with Covid-19 and cover stipends worth MD800-1,200 for every head of household working in the informal sector whose activity was impacted by the lockdown to contain the virus
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Libya

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 19
  • Recoveries: 1
  • Deaths: 1

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19: 

  • 30 March: At least 466 prisoners reportedly freed to curb the spread of Covid-19

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 5 April: State of emergency continues in Libya as former PM Mahmoud Jibril reportedly dies from coronavirus
  • 14 March: Al-Sarraj government in Tripoli declares state of medical emergency and allots LYD500m for anti-coronavirus measures
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Tunisia

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 596
  • Recoveries: 5
  • Deaths: 22

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 4 April: Tunisia’s parliament cedes some powers to the government for two months to help it handle the coronavirus crisis and the expected economic fallout, with Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh’s government to be allowed to issue decrees, strike purchasing agreements and seek finance without consulting parliament, Reuters reports
  • 31 March: Tunisia extends lockdown by two weeks to 19 April as 1,420 prisoners released to curb Covid-19
  • 29 March: Interior ministry reportedly using unmanned robots to curb spread of Covid-19 and enforce curfew restrictions

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 2 April: Tunisia may impose exceptional taxes on companies if the government does not find the funds needed during the coronavirus crisis, Fakhfakh reportedly said
  • 1 April: Tunisian banks will suspend the distribution of 2019 dividends and allow customers to defer loan payments for three months as part of a package to ease the social and economic effects of the coronavirus, the central bank said
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Algeria

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,423
  • Recoveries: 90
  • Deaths: 173

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 4 April: Algeria will extend curfews it has put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus from 5 April. The curfew will last from 3pm until 7am in the capital Algiers and eight other provinces, and from 7pm until 7am in most other provinces.
  • 1 April: School and university closures extended

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 4 April: Algiers says all health products, medical equipment and staple foods will be taken from ports on arrival, and customs formalities will take place “at a later time”
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Yemen

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 0
  • Recoveries: 0
  • Deaths: 0

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 1 April: More than 470 inmates freed to contain coronavirus, UAE newspaper the National reports

Measures to minimise the economic crisis: 

  • 5 April: Yemeni government ready to make prisoner swap with Houthis as negotiating team urges to finalise deal amid the coronavirus pandemic, UAE newspaper the National reports
  • 4 April: Yemen to receive $26.9m from the World Bank to battle pandemic
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.
Syria

Covid-19 pandemic latest:

  • Total confirmed cases: 19
  • Recoveries: 2
  • Deaths: 2

Actions to slow the spread of Covid-19:

  • 2 April: Syrian authorities seal major shrine that Iranian pilgrims are known to visit
  • 29 March: Ban on commuting between provinces and all other urban and rural areas takes effect

Financial measures to minimise the economic crisis:

  • 27 March: UAE offers to support Syria amid Covid-19 outbreak. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces tells Syrian President Bashar Al Assad that Syria “will not be left alone during these delicate and critical circumstances”.
As of 11.30 GST, 7 April 2020. Click here for Covid-19 updates in Mena during March 2020.

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