The Egyptian government has come under scrutiny for not being transparent with the number of coronavirus cases in the country. Experts believe that the number of cases is currently much higher than official figures are showing.

Coronavirus and the Middle East:

Call for release of prisoners grows Demands for the release of detainees living in unsanitary conditions increase, as death toll from Covid-19 continues to rise across the region The increasing number of coronavirus cases across the Middle East has sparked a wave of demands for prisoners across the region to be released from unsanitary and cramped detention …

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Coronavirus: As Israel shuts down

authorities destroy Bedouin crops Government activities slowed this week to stop the virus spreading, but department overseeing Negev still razed hundreds of hectares of vital land Israeli authorities destroyed hundreds of hectares of agricultural land in two Bedouin communities in the Negev desert this week while most other government activities were curtailed to contain the …

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Coronavirus: Saudi royal hospital ‘shutting down’ after doctor tests for virus

Sources inside Riyadh’s King Faisal Hospital describe scenes of ‘chaos’, with at least 12 confirmed cases, and King Salman isolated at his palace Saudi Arabia‚Äôs King Faisal Hospital, where members of the royal family, including King Salman, are treated, has been closed to all but emergency cases after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, …

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Coronavirus Four Palestinians in Israeli prison have contracted coronavirus

The prisoners contracted the virus after contact with an Israeli investigator who had COVID-19, a rights group has said Israeli authorities have informed Palestinians held at the Megiddo prison in Israel that four cases of the novel have been detected inside the facility, according to a Palestinian group. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), an organisation advocating for …

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What is Nowruz? The Iranian New Year explained.

What is Nowruz? The Iranian New Year explained.

More than 300 million people celebrate Nowruz every year. When is it celebrated and how will it be affected by the coronavirus pandemic? Nowruz is the national New Year festivity celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey and Syria, and throughout Central Asia. It is a springtime celebration whose activities symbolise rebirth …

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