The following are the most prominent developments and news of the virus outbreak around the world on Saturday 5 September 2020, according to the time of Makkah:
05:17 – UNRWA appeals to alleviate the effects of Corona
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) launched an urgent appeal for its support with $ 94.6 million to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on the 5.6 million registered Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.
The agency stressed – in a statement – the need to cover the emergency needs of the registered refugees until the end of next December, with a focus on health, cash aid and education.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Philip Lazzarini said that the agency will continue to take strict measures aimed at containing the Corona pandemic until the end of the year.
In less than two months (between last July and September), the number of HIV cases in refugee camps increased from 200 to about 4,000.
05:15 – Fewer than 200 injuries in South Korea
South Korea announced the registration of 168 new cases of Coronavirus, on the third day in a row that the daily death toll of less than 200 was recorded, in a possible sign that the country is beginning to see the effects of unprecedented social distancing restrictions.
The figures released today, Saturday, brought the number of cases to 21 thousand and 10 injuries, including 333 deaths.
Officials said 115 of the new cases were in the Seoul metropolitan area, which is home to half of the country’s population of 51 million.
The authorities had decided to extend the strict social distancing restrictions for another week in the Seoul region, saying that the spread of the virus was still at dangerous levels, as churches and nightclubs were closed and most schools switched to distance learning again across the country.
02:54 – Former New Zealand official dies
Former Cook Islands Prime Minister Joseph Williams has died of infection with the Coronavirus in New Zealand, the Pacifica Medical Association announced today, Saturday.
Williams – a well-known doctor – was transferred to the hospital on August 13, after he was infected with Corona.
And the New Zealand Ministry of Health confirmed that the death of Williams, 82, was the second death from the Corona virus in the country in two days.
The Cook Islands belong to New Zealand and enjoy self-rule. They are a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean located midway between New Zealand and the US state of Hawaii.
01:10 – Egypt records 157 new cases of Coronavirus, and 16 deaths
The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population announced that 890 people recovering from the Coronavirus have been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total of those recovering from it to 76,305 cases until today.
The ministry stated – in a statement – that 157 new cases that were confirmed to be infected with the virus were recorded, and 16 new cases died.
She added that the total number of people infected with the virus in Egypt, as of Friday, is 99,582 cases, of whom 76,305 cases have been cured, and 5,495 deaths.
In mid-March, Egypt imposed general isolation measures to combat the outbreak of the virus, including night curfews, banning large public gatherings, and closing restaurants, theaters and cinemas, but it has lifted most of these measures since late June.
00:01 – Iraq records a record number of injuries in Corona
On Friday, Iraq recorded a record number of new cases of Corona since the start of the pandemic, which prompted the authorities to warn that the country’s health system may not be able to deal with the increasing number of people whose cases require hospitalization.
On Friday, Iraq counted 5,036 new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the total number to 252,75 cases, including 7359 deaths, and 191,368 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.
The ministry attributed this increase in injuries to the large gatherings that took place recently without taking into account the precautionary measures during the Ashura commemoration.
The ministry expected – in a statement – that the number of injuries will continue to rise in the coming days, which it fears will lead to a loss of control by health institutions in dealing with these large numbers of injuries, and thus the number of deaths.
00:00 – Corona injuries in the world exceed 26.4 million
A Reuters count showed that more than 26.4 million people were infected with the emerging coronavirus worldwide, and 868,963 people died from the virus.
HIV infections have been recorded in more than 210 countries and regions since the first cases were discovered in China in December 2019.
The United States topped the list of injuries, with 6 million and 165 thousand and 332 injuries recorded, including 186,768 deaths.
Brazil came in second place, with 4 million 41,638 injuries, including 124,614 deaths.
And in third place came India, where it recorded 3 million and 936 thousand and 747 injuries, including 68 thousand and 472 deaths.
Russia ranked fourth, with one million and 15 thousand and 105 injuries, including 17 thousand 649 deaths.
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