This package also includes:
*=Four-week case rate per million people, as of 18 October 2021
Bahrain / 38*
Manama is understood to be considering doubling the VAT rate to 10 per cent to boost post-pandemic state revenues.
Egypt / 17*
Cairo has received several batches of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine through the Covax scheme, with US support.
Iran / 74*
Chinese vaccine imports by Iran Red Crescent Society have crossed the 70.3 million mark.
Iraq / 44*
A fourth batch of vaccines donated by the Chinese government has arrived in Baghdad.
Jordan / 60*
Non-profit organisations have agreed to support the national inoculation programme by the country’s Health Ministry.
Kuwait / 18*
Health Minister Basel al-Sabah has said infection and death rates are showing an unprecedented rate of decline.
Lebanon / 57*
Public Health Minister Firass Abiad has called for the national vaccination drive to be ramped up.
Libya / 61*
Tripoli is planning to make vaccinations mandatory for state transactions and for entry to institutions.
Morocco / 28*
A health official has said that the positivity rate dropped to a 16-week low of 3.5 per cent in mid-October.
Oman / 14*
Vaccination is now mandatory to renew expatriate residency cards and to enter workplaces.
Qatar / 34*
Doha is easing curbs including mask-wearing mandates as infection rates drop.
Saudi Arabia / 7*
Saudi Arabia is easing mandates on social distancing and wearing masks.
Syria / 25*
The Covid-19 infection rate continues to grow in northwest Syria amid overcrowding of displacement camps.
Tunisia / 34*
Tunis is easing its midnight-5am curfew and is mandating vaccinations for public events.
UAE / 28*
Abu Dhabi is planning to ease Covid-19 measures in line with vaccination rates at schools.
Produced on 24 October 2021. Sources: World Health Organisation, Worldometers, MEED
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