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Coronavirus: eight repatriated Kuwaitis among 109 new cases

Four more deaths in Saudi Arabia as GCC tries to contain Covid-19

Egyptians at a centre in Kuwait for residency offenders wishing to avail of an amnesty announced amid the coronovirus crisis, in Kuwait City on April 6, 2020. AFP
Egyptians at a centre in Kuwait for residency offenders wishing to avail of an amnesty announced amid the coronovirus crisis, in Kuwait City on April 6, 2020. AFP

Kuwait reported an almost 20 per cent daily increase in confirmed coronavirus infections on Monday, taking its total number of cases to 665.

Out of the 109 Covid-19 cases confirmed since Sunday, eight were Kuwaiti citizens who had been repatriated from Europe and the US, 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.

Kuwait has reported only one 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 having been caused by the virus 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 61 patients had 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 08:38 PM

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