By Gavin Gibbon
GCC confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 7,359
Kuwait has threatened to place expat areas under total lockdown after reporting 77 new cases of coronavirus – 74 of whom are expatriates.
The country also recorded its first death on Sunday as the total number of confirmed cases increased to 556. Six people recovered, with 99 recoveries altogether.
According to the Health Ministry spokesperson Dr Abdullah Al-Sanad the latest cases involved 58 Indian nationals, eight Pakistanis, three Bangladeshis, two Egyptians, two Kuwaitis, one Iranian and a citizen who had returned from France as part of the repatriation campaign.
MP Mohammad Al-Dallal said that the spread of the disease among expatriates is a concern and a lockdown, particularly in areas heavily populated by expats, should be considered.
No decision was announced after the meeting, which also discussed expanding the partial curfew hours and other measures.
In Oman, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced 21 new positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number to 298, with two deaths; 61 cases have recovered.
While in Bahrain, a further 12 cases were recorded, taking the total in the kingdom to 700.
The GCC total of confirmed cases currently stands at 7,359; Saudi Arabia (2,402), UAE (1,799), Qatar (1,604), Bahrain (700), Kuwait (556) and Oman (298). There have been 55 deaths in total – Saudi (34), UAE (10), Qatar (4), Bahrain (4), Kuwait (1) and Oman (2).