ISTANBUL

Health authorities in several Arab countries confirmed Sunday new deaths and additional cases of the novel coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia

The death toll reached 139 with nine more fatalities in Saudi Arabia, said the Health Ministry.

The number of cases increased to 17,522 and the number of recoveries reached 2,357.

Curfew in the country has been partially lifted, except for Mecca and the quarantined neighborhoods, according to the Saudi Arabia’s official news agency SPA.

With the new regulation, people are allowed to go out between 9 a.m. (0600GMT) to 5 p.m. (1400GMT) as of Sunday.

Kuwait

The Health Ministry said the tally of cases has risen to 3,075.

With one more fatality, the death toll climbed to 20.

Oman

The case count reached 1,998 for COVID-19 in Oman and 333 people have recovered from coronavirus, according to the Health Ministry.

Lebanon

The number of cases stood at 707 and 145 COVID-19 patients have recovered, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Morocco

The number of cases increased to 4,047 and the death toll is 160, according to the Health Ministry.

A total of 557 patients have recovered.

UAE

The death toll rose to 76 with five more fatalities in the last 24 hours, said the Health Ministry, and the number of the cases reached 10,349.

Bahrain

The tally of cases mounted to 2,620 in Bahrain, according to the Health Ministry.

The number of recovered patients reached 1,186 in the last 24 hours.

Qatar

The number of cases rose to 10,287 in Qatar and the number of recoveries to 1,012 in the last 24 hours.

COVID-19 cases have been reported in 185 countries and regions since the novel coronavirus emerged in China last December, with the US and Europe the hardest-hit areas in the world.

Over 2.9 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll above 203,600 and more than 828,400 recoveries, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the US.

* Writing by Havva Kara Aydin

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