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Covid-19 in Africa and the Middle East: situation report for week ending 1 August

More than 97,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the Middle East and North Africa during the past week, though many others are not recorded in the official figures.

Among the 20 countries monitored, Iran and Iraq are the worst affected — still reporting well over 2,000 new infections every day. Saudi Arabia and Israel averaged more than 1,500 a day during the past week.

Saudi Arabia’s epidemic appears to be subsiding, however, while Bahrain, Egypt, Oman and Qatar have also reported substantial falls in new cases.

Across the region, a further 2,500 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded during the past week. Iran continues to report around 200 deaths a day, though in other countries the official figures are much lower.

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