Coronavirus: Eight repatriated Kuwaitis among 109 new cases

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Kuwait reported an almost 20 per cent daily increase in confirmed coronavirus infections on Monday, taking the total number of cases detected in the country to 665.

Out of the 109 Covid-19 cases confirmed since Sunday, eight were Kuwaiti citizens who had been repatriated from Europe and the United States, health ministry spokesman Abdullah Al Sanad said at his daily briefing. Five had returned from Britain, two from Spain and one from the US, Dr Al Sanad said.

The other new cases comprised 79 Indian residents, six Bangladeshis, six Iranians, six Egyptians, three Pakistanis and a Filipino.

Dr Al Sanad said 561 people were still being treated in hospital. Twenty of the patients were in intensive care, including seven in critical condition.

Earlier on Monday Health Minister Basel Al Sabah announced the recovery of four more Covid-19 patients, taking the total number of recoveries to 103.

Municipality workers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus at the Kuwait Salmiya market. EPA

Children hold olive branches as they look out from the sunroof of a car to be blessed by priests to celebrate Palm Sunday, amid the lockdown to contain the coronavirus in Marjayoun, southern Lebanon. Reuters

An empty Greek Catholic Church during a Mass on Palm Sunday in Beirut, Lebanon. EPA

Members of the Kurdish Red Crescent check passengers who were stranded in Damascus upon their arrival at the Qamishli airport in Syria's north-eastern Hasakeh province. AFP

Coptic girls reacting while watching hymns performed on telelvision at home at Shubra Al Khema district in Cairo, Egypt. EPA

Iraqi priests celebrate the Palm Sunday Mass at the empty Saint Joseph Church in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. AFP

A Palestinian man, who was quarantined, talks on his phone on a hotel window in Gaza City. EPA

Palestinian security policemen wearing protective gear, patrol on the street of Gaza city. EPA

A street vendor wearing protective face mask stands between lines of cars during a sandstorm in Cairo, Egypt. EPA

Members of the Kurdish Red Crescent check passengers who were stranded in Damascus upon their arrival at the Qamishli airport in Syria's north-eastern Hasakeh province. AFP

A view of an empty street during the coronavirus pandemic in Tunis, Tunisia. EPA

A view of an empty street during the coronavirus pandemic in Tunis, Tunisia. EPA

A statue representing the Virgin Mary and Jesus is seen in front of the closed St Maroun Maronite Catholic Church during Mass on Palm Sunday in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. EPA

Municipality workers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus at the Kuwait Salmiya market following the outbreak of coronavirus in Kuwait. EPA

Afghan health workers spray disinfectants at public places in Helmand, Afghanistan. EPA

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Kuwait has reported only death from the coronavirus, an Indian man who died on Saturday.

In Saudi Arabia, four people died of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, a government tracking site showed on Monday.

The Saudi Covid-19 Dashboard said the number of deaths confirmed as caused by the pandemic had reached 38 among a total of 2,523 people infected in the kingdom so far.

More than 750 of the cases detected in Saudi Arabia were in Riyadh, while Makkah had the second-highest number with 483. Jeddah had 378 cases and Madinah had 252. Al Qatif, the eastern city that was isolated early in the outbreak, had 146 cases, while Dammam, the kingdom’s oil centre, had 149.

The Saudi health ministry said 488 patients had recovered.

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The Covid-19 case count in Oman rose to 331 with 33 new confirmed infections announced on Monday.

Oman's health ministry said 61of the patients have recovered,

Two people have died from the disease in the sultanate.

An update of cases in Bahrain, published on the Ministry of Health website on Monday, said the kingdom had 268 active cases, of which four were critical, while 451 had been discharged.

Bahrain has recorded four deaths so far from Covid-19, according to the website.

The latest figures available from Qatar's health ministry showed the country had 1,604 confirmed Covid-19 infections on Sunday, of which 279 were detected in the previous 24 hours. Four people have died from the disease and 123 have recovered.

Updated: April 6, 2020 08:10 PM

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