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via arabnews07/18/2020

Locust invasions compound Arab region's coronavirus woes - Arab News

DUBAI: Battling an unprecedented pandemic that has infected more than 12 million people globally, countries in the Middle East and South Asia find themselves saddled with more bad luck. Swarms of locusts have invaded 23 countries across East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries, with India becoming the latest victim.

via menafn07/16/2020

Coronavirus - African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (627783) deaths (13828), and recoveries (317694) - MENAFN.COM

(MENAFN - African Press Organization) ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 15, 2020/APO Group/ -- African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (627,783) deaths (13,828), and recoveries (317,694) by region: Central (41,032 cases; 839 deaths; 23,366 recoveries): Burundi (269; 1; 207), Cameroon (15,

via arabnews07/15/2020

Strong bilateral ties between Saudi Arabia and Djibouti - Arab News

RIYADH: The bilateral relationship between Djibouti and Saudi Arabia is tight and “formidable,” the Djibouti Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dya-Eddine Said Bamakhrama told Arab News. The leaders of both countries are in constant contact on all issues, including regional and international politics, to conserve and maintain their relationship, added the ambassador from the African

via arabnews07/14/2020

Djibouti president to give keynote address at virtual launch of Arab News en Français - Arab News

RIYADH: In an online ceremony linking Riyadh and Paris on France’s National Day, the Middle East’s leading English-language newspaper tonight launches Arab News en Français, its third overseas edition. The virtual launch of the Arab News en Français website on Bastille Day will take place at 6 p.m. Paris time in the presence of distinguished guests, including guest of honor

via arabnews07/12/2020

Saudi Arabia: Requests from 160 nationalities have been screened to select Hajj pilgrims - Arab News

RIYADH: Requests from people of 160 nationalities in the Kingdom have been screened electronically to select who will perform Hajj this year, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Sunday. The requests were sorted in accordance with high standards that will ensure the safety and good health of pilgrims. The deadline for all applications was July 10 and the main

via arabnews07/11/2020

TWITTER POLL: Wearing masks to be a norm even with availability of coronavirus vaccine - Arab News

DUBAI: The World Health Organization has advised on the use of medical masks as to limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including COVID-19. “Current information suggests that the two main routes of transmission of the COVID-19 virus are respiratory droplets and contact,” the global health body said in its advisory. Masks can be used either for protection by

via arabnews07/09/2020

Saudi Arabia hosts G20 talks on post-COVID-19 global sustainable finance plan - Arab News

RIYADH: Plans to tackle global debt and promote sustainable financing for developing countries in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic topped the agenda at a Saudi G20 Presidency and Paris Club virtual conference. Discussions centered around the challenges posed by international capital flows volatility, and possible policy responses to help restore

via guardian.ng07/16/2020

Coronavirus – Africa: East & Horn of Africa COVID-19 Situation Report - Guardian

EHoA SITUATION OVERVIEW The number of COVID-19 cases in East & Horn of Africa continues to rise, with the disease now infecting over 32,000 people. Migrants, including Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs), and similar vulnerable groups are more likely to be disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19, compared to regular citizens. The migration routes taken […]

via guardian.ng07/16/2020

Coronavirus – African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (627,783) deaths (13,828), and recoveries (317,694) - Guardian

African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (627,783) deaths (13,828), and recoveries (317,694) by region: Central (41,032 cases; 839 deaths; 23,366 recoveries): Burundi (269; 1; 207), Cameroon (15,173; 359; 11,928), CAR (4,356; 53; 1,229), Chad (884; 75; 798), Congo (2,358; 48; 618), DRC (8,163; 192; 3,983), Equatorial Guinea (3,071; 51; 842), Gabon (6,026; 46; […]

via arabnews07/13/2020

Saudi Arabia permits Eid Al-Adha prayers with coronavirus measures - Arab News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would permit worshippers to perform Eid Al-Adha prayers at mosques. The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, directed the ministry’s branches in the regions throughout the Kingdom to provide for this year’s Eid Al-Adha prayers. Prayers will only take place in certain mosques and ensuring they use

via arabnews07/12/2020

Saudi streamers seek gaming glory during COVID-19 crisis - Arab News

RIYADH: As the Arab world emerges from lockdown, the data obtained from the period of forced confinement shows what the region’s gaming community has been up to, most notably on one streaming website that has gamers in the region “doing the Twitch.” The coronavirus lockdown in the Middle East sparked a significant increase in the platform’s Arabic-language content, with Arabic

via arabnews07/11/2020

Saudi Arabia's aid agency provides aid to fire-ravaged camp in Somaliland - Arab News

HARGEISA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), in cooperation with the National Displacement and Refugee Agency (NDRA) in Somaliland, distributed 45 tons of food and shelter aid to the displaced people affected by the fire that broke out in the camp of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The aid has helped 2,280 people.

via arabnews07/10/2020

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation - Arab News

TAIF: As Saudi citizens turn to domestic tourism in the country’s summer resorts, adapting to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, rural areas have become targeted by local tourists wishing to get away from the soaring temperatures in most of the Kingdom’s cities. Visitors are now choosing cold Saudi cities instead of Europe, which they are accustomed to visiting, such

via guardian.ng07/08/2020

Coronavirus: African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases as of 8th July 9 am EAT - Guardian

African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (508,086) deaths (11,955), and recoveries (245,068) by region:  Central (38,614 cases; 806 deaths; 21,538 recoveries):  Burundi (191; 1; 128), Cameroon (14,524; 342; 11,360), CAR (4,071; 52; 970), Chad (873; 74; 788), Congo (1,757; 44; 525), DRC (7,660; 183; 4,072), Equatorial Guinea (3,071; 51; 842), Gabon (5,743; 46; […]

via arabnews07/15/2020

Hajj officials outline health, security measures - Arab News

RIYADH: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, minister of interior and chairman of the Hajj Supreme Committee, chaired a virtual meeting on Wednesday with the heads of  security agencies and officials in charge of this year’s Hajj season. During the meeting, the minister and security officials discussed organizational issues related to Hajj, including preventive and

via arabnews07/14/2020

Against all odds: Arab News en Français launches virtually despite coronavirus challenges - Arab News

RIYADH: In an online ceremony at 6 p.m. Paris time on Tuesday, Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language newspaper, launched Arab News en Français, its third overseas digital edition. Arab News en Français was formally launched on France’s Bastille Day in an invitation-only Zoom video conference by François Gouyette, the French ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who

via arabnews07/13/2020

COVID-19 claims 42 more lives in Saudi Arabia but critical case rates decreasing - Arab News

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia recorded 42 more deaths from COVID-19 and 2,779 new confirmed cases of the disease on Sunday. Of the new cases, 247 were recorded in Riyadh, 191 in Jeddah, 164 in Hufof, 157 in Dammam and 157 in Makkah. Nonetheless, the Saudi Health Ministry said the rate of critical COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom is stabilizing and has decreased in the past two weeks as

via arabnews07/12/2020

Supporters of 'Righteousness of Makkah' campaign honored - Arab News

MAKKAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal honored the supporters of the “Righteousness of Makkah” campaign during a ceremony held on Sunday. Prince Khaled ordered the launch of the campaign in all of the region’s provinces at the beginning of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, as a continuation of the humanitarian efforts and preventive measures, including the

via arabnews07/11/2020

Saudi Arabia records sharp drop in daily coronavirus toll - Arab News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s daily fatality rate from COVID-19 fell sharply on Saturday, with the Health Ministry announcing 30 deaths — up to half the number recorded in recent weeks. The Kingdom’s death toll stands at 2,181. Meanwhile, 2,994 new cases were reported, raising the number of confirmed cases to 229,480. The number of active cases in the Kingdom is 61,903. Ten percent

via arabnews07/09/2020

Hospital named in honor of Saudi nurse who lost her life to COVID-19 - Arab News

JEDDAH / MAKKAH: A new COVID-19 field hospital in Madinah has been named in honor of Saudi nurse Nujood Al-Khaibari. She died in June after contracting the novel coronavirus while working at a medical center in the city on the front line of the battle against the pandemic. The Nujood Medical Center was officially opened by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman on Wednesday, in