ARTS & CULTURE | India Puts Back Taj Mahal Reopening Citing COVID-19 Risks

NEW DELHI – India has withdrawn a planned reopening of the Taj Mahal, citing the risk of new coronavirus infections spreading in the northern city of Agra from visitors flocking to see the 17th century monument to love. Local authorities issued a new advisory late on Sunday ordering an extension of lockdown curbs on monuments … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | India Puts Back Taj Mahal Reopening Citing COVID-19 Risks

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC | Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 11 Million

WASHINGTON – Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months. The number of cases is more than double the figure for severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC | Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 11 Million

HEALTH | WHO Says Mideast At ‘Critical Threshold’ Virus Numbers

GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned Wednesday the Middle East was at a decisive moment in the fight against the novel coronavirus, with cases surging as countries ease lockdown. ‘We are at a critical threshold in our region’, the WHO’s Middle East head, Ahmed al-Mandhari, said in an online press conference. According to figures … Continue reading HEALTH | WHO Says Mideast At ‘Critical Threshold’ Virus Numbers

CORONAVIRUS | Abu Dhabi Permits People With Negative COVID-19 Test To Enter The Emirates

ABU DHABI – Abu Dhabi will allow people to enter the emirate if they have tested negative for COVID-19 infection within the previous 48 hours, the local government media office said on Monday. Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest member of the United Arab Emirates federation, had has a ban on people entering since June … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Abu Dhabi Permits People With Negative COVID-19 Test To Enter The Emirates

CORONAVIRUS | PM Johnson Says: Don’t Take Too Many Liberties With COVID-19 Guidance

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday people in some parts of the world had taken too many liberties with COVID-19 guidance and that young people should understand that they could spread the deadly virus. ‘If you look at what is happening elsewhere in the world, where people had been coming out … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | PM Johnson Says: Don’t Take Too Many Liberties With COVID-19 Guidance

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Gulf Coronavirus Infections Surpass 400,000

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The number of novel coronavirus cases in the six Gulf Arab states has doubled in a month to more than 400,000, as the region’s two biggest economies this week fully lifted curfew imposed to combat the infection. As of Thursday, authorities across the energy-producing region had reported a total of … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Gulf Coronavirus Infections Surpass 400,000

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC | Bulgaria Extends Epidemic Emergency Until End Of June

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Bulgaria will extend an epidemic emergency until the end of June to fight the spread of the coronavirus after an increase in new registered cases, mainly in the south, Prime Minister Boyko Borissow said on Wednesday. The Balkan country had eased most of the restrictive measures it imposed in the middle … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC | Bulgaria Extends Epidemic Emergency Until End Of June

CORONAVIRUS | Saudi Arabia Reports 3,121 New Virus Cases

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia registered on Saturday 3,121 new coronavirus cases, including 900 in the capital Riyadh, 572 in Jeddah and 279 in the holy city of Makkah. The latest figures take to 98,869 the number of infections in the Kingdom. A daily briefing on the outbreak revealed that 1,175 more people … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Saudi Arabia Reports 3,121 New Virus Cases

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Reports 2,399 New Cases Bringing Total to 72,560 On Eid Al Fitr

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia reported 2,399 new coronavirus cases on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, bringing the total to 72,560. Riyadh remained the area with the highest daily increase, but Mecca had a higher increase than recent days, with 611 new cases in the province. Jeddah reported the third highest number … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Reports 2,399 New Cases Bringing Total to 72,560 On Eid Al Fitr

CORONAVIRUS | Saudi Citizens Returning From Abroad Must Use ‘Tatamman’ E-Bracelet

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia introduced a new coronavirus – related health measure, an electronic bracelet for all Saudi nationals returning to the Kingdom from abroad, the Ministry of Health said on Friday. All Saudi citizens returning from abroad will be provided with a smart bracelet linked to the ‘Tataman’ (which translates to … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Saudi Citizens Returning From Abroad Must Use ‘Tatamman’ E-Bracelet