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Coronavirus cases rise in Gaza, Gulf states, North Africa

A volunteer group linked to Hamas carries out disinfection work as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the streets of Al-Shati Camp in Israeli blockaded Gaza City, Gaza on March 16, 2020 [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
A volunteer group linked to Hamas carries out disinfection work as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the streets of Al-Shati Camp in Israeli blockaded Gaza City, Gaza on March 16, 2020 [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

The tally of coronavirus cases and deaths rose Saturday in several Arab countries, according to health authorities, Anadolu Agency reports. 

Authorities in the Gaza Strip reported their first death from coronavirus, when it claimed a 77-year-old woman.

The total number of infections in Gaza rose to 54, and 16 people have recovered.

In the Gulf state of Oman, the Health Ministry confirmed 463 new virus cases, bringing the tally to 7,257, including 34 deaths and 1,848 recoveries.

In Bahrain, the Health Ministry said the total number of cases rose to 8,774, while the number of recoveries reached 4,462. The country has so far recorded 12 deaths from the virus.

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Morocco's Health Ministry said 43 new cases were detected over the past 24 hours, raising the number of infections to 7,375.  A total of 4,573 people recovered from COVID-19.

The ministry said the nationwide death toll remained at 197.

Tunisia's Health Ministry said two more cases were found, taking the total number of infections in the country to 1,048.

So far, 47 people have lost their lives due to the virus and 903 have recovered.

Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry confirmed 15 more fatalities from the virus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 379.

The ministry added that 2,442 new cases were detected over the past 24 hours, raising the number of COVID-19 infections to 70,161. A total of 41,236 people have recovered from the virus.

In Kuwait, the Health Ministry confirmed 10 more deaths, bringing the total to 148.

Coronavirus cases in the country rose to 20,464, while the number of recoveries reached 5,747.

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In Qatar, the Health Ministry confirmed 1,732 more coronavirus cases, bringing the overall figure to 42,213.

A total of 8,513 people have recovered from the virus and the death toll hit 21 with two new fatalities, it added.

After originating in Wuhan, China last December, COVID-19 has spread to at least 188 countries and regions, with Europe and the US currently the worst hit.

The pandemic has killed more than 340,000 people worldwide, with over 5.25 million confirmed cases, while recoveries have surpassed 2 million, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

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