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Northwest Syria has seen an surge in Covid-19 cases which is concerning health workers and NGOs.

The UN organisation helped 97 million people last year, distributing 15 billion rations to people in 88 countries.

Lebanon mulls fifth lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise

The New Arab Staff

Lebanon mulls fifth lockdown as Covid-19 cases rise

Figures from the health ministry brought Lebanon's total tally since February to 29,987 Covid-19 cases, including 307 deaths.

Lebanon: over 1000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

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Lebanon: over 1000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

Lebanon said it confirmed 1,006 new novel coronavirus cases and 11 deaths from the disease in 24 hours, in a new record for the crisis-hit ...

Shia muslims mark Ashura in Iraq's Karbala despite <em>virus</em>

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Shia muslims mark Ashura in Iraq's Karbala despite virus

Small clusters of pilgrims gathered outside the main mosque, wearing the customary black mourning clothes along with less traditional masks and ...

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Coronavirus crisis sparks a young Israeli anti-government protest movement

Thousands have been taking to the streets several times a week to protest the Israeli government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Virus adds to despair felt by war-weary young Arabs

The pandemic has plunged millions of young people in the Middle East into the kind of deep uncertainty and despair they had hoped to leave ...

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Jerusalem hit hard by coronavirus resurgence

A new outbreak of coronavirus is threatening to decimate Jerusalem's tourism-centric economy, as Israel and the Palestinian Authority impose ...

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Iraq virus spike risks pushing doctors over the edge

The country's overall death toll is heading towards 2,000, with official daily fatalities starting to top 100 in the past week - and doctors ...

Palestinians face uncertainty amid crashing economy and Israeli annexation

Ibrahim Husseini

Palestinians face uncertainty amid crashing economy and Israeli annexation

Two pressing issues dominate the conversation among Palestinians - a struggling economy and Israel's anticipated annexation.

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Israeli arms sales $7.2 bn in 2019: ministry

The head of Israel's International Defence Cooperation Directorate, Yair Kulas, said the novel coronavirus pandemic was likely to impact this ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

The New Arab Staff

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran launches 'corona police' force to enforce lockdown as health minister says "one in five" may have been ...

One in five Iranians may have had <em>virus</em>: official

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One in five Iranians may have had virus: official

The figure represents 18.75 percent of the more than 80 million population of Iran, which on Tuesday announced another 74 deaths from the ...

Iran launches '<em>Corona</em> Police' to tackle coronavirus lockdown rebels

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Iran launches 'Corona Police' to tackle coronavirus lockdown rebels

A police force designed to keep citizens off the streets in Iran's 'red zone' - Abadan City - has been launched, as the Covid-19 toll continues ...

'Enough is enough': The fraught return of Lebanon's revolution

Nicholas Frakes

'Enough is enough': The fraught return of Lebanon's revolution

Lebanon's economic crisis has seen salaries slashed, the value of the lira plummet and the price of goods drastically inflate.

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Pakistan shuts shops, markets after coronavirus cases surge

Pakistan has shut shops and closed markets after coronavirus cases in the Asian country increased, with fears of a second wave

The New Arab Staff

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran sees record rise in new cases, Israel suspends parliament after MK tests positive and fears mount of second wave of ...

Victoria Silva

Jordan's independent music scene turns crisis into opportunity

Independent artists in Jordan are finding ways to overcome the challenges of lockdown as coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global music industry.

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Lebanese singer Carole Samaha faces backlash over anti-vaccine post

Carole Samaha took to the social media platform on Thursday to reveal she's an anti-vaxxer and also claiming the coronavirus outbreak is a ...

As <em>virus</em> surges, Imran Khan says Pakistan to reopen

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As virus surges, Imran Khan says Pakistan to reopen

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan announced his government would end several months of coronavirus restrictions, even as it emerged cases of ...

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Yemen's Houthis claim they are developing a coronavirus vaccine

The much-anticipated Covid-19 vaccine will emerge from Yemen's Houthis, the rebels' health minister vowed this week.

Pakistan uses militant-tracking tech to hunt <em>virus</em>

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Pakistan uses militant-tracking tech to hunt virus

Pakistan has turned to the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) for help in tackling coronavirus.

Modi's performance and the tragedy of India's poor

Pranab Bardhan

Modi's performance and the tragedy of India's poor

Comment: PM Modi's handling of the coronavirus pandemic failed India's poorest, with pitifully inadequate funds and an over-centralised ...

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

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Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

Suspected suicides or escape attempts of foreign household workers have become a frequent occurrence in Lebanon, with local reports recording at ...

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