An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask to prevent contracting coronavirus walks in Tehran, Iran. Reuters
Qatar's health ministry reported on Saturday the first case of coronavirus infection in the country.
The patient is a 36-year-old Qatari who returned recently from Iran, the ministry said in a statement, adding that he is a stable condition.
With Qatar reporting its first infection, Saudi Arabia becomes the only Gulf country not to have signalled any coronavirus case.
The country most affected by the outbreak in the Gulf region is Iran, with 43 deaths and nearly 600 hundred confirmed infections, according to authorities.
The majority of infections in other Gulf countries were diagnosed in people who had visited Iran or who came into contact with people who had been there.
The only deaths reported so far in the region are in Iran.
Kuwait called on its citizens to avoid travelling over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
Tackling the coronavirus, COVID-19, has become a Herculean task around the globe. Its relentless expansion across several countries leaves much cause for worry.
People around the world should pay attention to their governments’ important instructions regarding the deadly coronavirus, and concerned authorities where people work, as precautionary measures.
Coronavirus cases have spiked in Iran, raising fears of a second wave of infections in the region’s epicentre and threatening to spread not only to the Eastern Arab World but to Iran’s non-Arab neighbours.
The Dubai Municipality confirmed that it would not disregard fining and punishing any establishment that does not adhere to the procedures and measures in force in the emirate. Any violation that is detected inside any establishment will lead to its closure, particularly salons and beauty centres, in order to achieve the desired goals of the measures in force to protect the community from the corona pandemic.
The 31st emergency meeting of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union began on Wednesday, chaired by Saqr Ghobash, to discuss the situation in Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque, with the attendance of speakers of Arab parliaments.
Addressing a press conference after the central committee's meeting ended, RHC chairman Maulana Azad said moon-sighting testimonies had been received from Chaman, Qila Saifullah, Pasni, Peshawar, Mirpurkhas and other areas.