Qatar reports its first coronavirus case - GulfToday

Qatar reports its first coronavirus case


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.


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