Health authorities in Saudi Arabia and Qatar registered additional fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, as the Middle East continues to battle the disease.

In a statement, the Saudi Health Ministry said 49 people had died from COVID-19, pushing the nationwide death toll to 2,017.

The virus has also sickened 3,392 more people, bringing the total infections to 217,108.

In Qatar, the Health Ministry confirmed one more fatality due to the virus and 600 new infections.

According to the ministry, the country’s total infections rose to 100,945, including 134 deaths, and 94,903 recoveries.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 538,000 lives in 188 countries and regions since originating in Wuhan, China last December.

More than 11.63 million cases have been reported around the world so far, with recoveries exceeding 6.31 million, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

*Writing by: Ali Abo Rezeg

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