Saudi Arabia, Gulf States See Coronavirus Cases Spike during Ramadan

(Washington Post) Sarah Dadouch - Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab countries are seeing a sharp spike in coronavirus cases, prompting governments to reimpose some restrictions that had been lifted. In less than a month since Ramadan began, the number of cases in Saudi Arabia has quadrupled to nearly 60,000 as of Wednesday. Confirmed infections in Kuwait are up nearly sevenfold since the first day of Ramadan to 16,800 on Tuesday. In Qatar, the number of cases has quadrupled to 37,000. Infections have also surged in the UAE, Oman and Bahrain. Many of the new cases are in the large communities of foreign workers in these countries.

2020-05-21 00:00:00

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