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Analysts Praise Saudi, Israeli Approaches to COVID

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AMMAN, JORDAN - Analysts say they see some Middle Eastern countries adopting strong measures to combat COVID-19 even as it continues to spread, while others are maintaining a cloak of secrecy about the infection rates. From the closure of Muslim pilgrimages and sweeping state of emergency declarations, coronavirus has introduced unprecedented changes, upending the region’s daily life.Saudi Arabia plans to convene a virtual summit next week bringing together the leaders from the Group of 20 major economies, in a bid to improve coordination of efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and see what is working, and what is not. Jordanian analyst Osama al Sharif says some Mideast governments are taking the necessary steps ahead of their Western counterparts."Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel, I t

Analysts Praise Saudi, Israeli Approaches to COVID

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AMMAN, JORDAN - Analysts say they see some Middle Eastern countries adopting strong measures to combat COVID-19 even as it continues to spread, while others are maintaining a cloak of secrecy about the infection rates. From the closure of Muslim pilgrimages and sweeping state of emergency declarations, coronavirus has introduced unprecedented changes, upending the region’s daily life.Saudi Arabia plans to convene a virtual summit next week bringing together the leaders from the Group of 20 major economies, in a bid to improve coordination of efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and see what is working, and what is not. Jordanian analyst Osama al Sharif says some Mideast governments are taking the necessary steps ahead of their Western counterparts."Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel, I t

Iran Reports Largest Spike in Coronavirus as 147 More Die

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TEHRAN - Iran reported its single biggest jump in deaths from the new coronavirus on Wednesday as another 147 people died, raising the country's overall death toll to 1,135.The nearly 15% spike in deaths — amid a total of 17,361 confirmed cases in Iran — marks the biggest 24-hour rise in fatalities since officials first acknowledged cases of the virus in Iran in mid-February.Even as the number of cases continues to grow each day, food markets were still packed with shoppers Wednesday and highways were crowded with traffic as families traveled between cities ahead of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, on Friday. Iran's deputy health minister, Alireza Raisi, urged the public to avoid travel and crowded places. In a statement on state TV, Raisi told Iranians the coming period represented two “gold

IMF REJECTS CRISIS-HIT VENEZUELA’S REQUEST FOR $5 BN VIRUS AID

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The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday rejected economically devastated Venezuela's request for a $5 billion loan to help it cope with the onslaught of coronavirus on the country that an aid agency warned is as prepared as war-torn Syria.President Nicolas Maduro made the request earlier Tuesday but, in a statement hours later, the Washington-based institution indirectly cited a dispute over Maduro's leadership in denying his petition.In a letter to IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva, Maduro said a $5 billion loan from the IMF's Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) "will contribute significantly to strengthening our detection and response systems."It was the country's first loan request to the IMF since 2001."Unfortunately, the Fund is not in a position to consider this request," because there ...

Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Economy and Planning: Government is taking precautionary financial measures to face effects of the global epidemic (COVID-19)

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Riyadh, Due to the economic and global conditions resulting from the consequences of the global epidemic (COVID-19), and the sharp decline in the outlook for global economic growth and its negative impact on oil markets, and its direct impact on public finances in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the government has taken measures to reduce the impact of low prices oil, and additional measures will be taken to deal with the expected drop in prices.The Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Economy and Planning, Mohammad Al-Jadaan, stated that the government worked on preliminary measures to ensure the provision of the financial requirements necessary to implement the preventive and direct measures to deal with the consequences of the epidemic and limit its spread to protect government insta...

New preventive measures to face Coronavirus: No confirmed infections until now in Syria

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Damascus, In the framework of preventive measures to confront Coronavirus, reduce chances of infection, the government decided to close citizen service centers in all governorates, public parks, cinemas, theaters, nightclubs, wedding and condolence halls.Minister of Health, Nizar Yazaji said on Tuesday that the new measures also covered the closure of sport clubs, children’s clubs, children’s game halls, and internet cafes.In a relevant context, the Minister affirmed that no confirmed Coronavirus infections have been registered in Syria until today.He revealed there are 134 Syrian passengers at the quarantine medical center in al-Dwair area in Damascus countryside, adding that they came from countries that have recorded many cases of the virus, and they will stay for 14 days there to ensur

New preventive measures to face Coronavirus: No confirmed infections until now in Syria

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Damascus, In the framework of preventive measures to confront Coronavirus, reduce chances of infection, the government decided to close citizen service centers in all governorates, public parks, cinemas, theaters, nightclubs, wedding and condolence halls.Minister of Health, Nizar Yazaji said on Tuesday that the new measures also covered the closure of sport clubs, children’s clubs, children’s game halls, and internet cafes.In a relevant context, the Minister affirmed that no confirmed Coronavirus infections have been registered in Syria until today.He revealed there are 134 Syrian passengers at the quarantine medical center in al-Dwair area in Damascus countryside, adding that they came from countries that have recorded many cases of the virus, and they will stay for 14 days there to ensur

Conclusions by the President of the European Council following the video conference with members of the European Council on COVID-19

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Members of the European Council held a videoconference on COVID-19 in order to follow up on previous conclusions of 10 March 2020 together with the ECB President, the President of the Eurogroup and the High Representative.We reaffirmed the need to work together and to do everything necessary to tackle the crisis and its consequences.The priority is the health of our citizens.On the four priorities identified:1. Limiting the spread of the virusWe endorsed the guidelines proposed by the Commission on border management. We need to ensure passage of medicines, food and goods and our citizens must be able to travel to their home countries. Adequate solutions for cross-border workers will be found.To limit the spread of the virus globally, we agreed to reinforce our external borders by applying ...

Conclusions by the President of the European Council following the video conference with members of the European Council on COVID-19

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Members of the European Council held a videoconference on COVID-19 in order to follow up on previous conclusions of 10 March 2020 together with the ECB President, the President of the Eurogroup and the High Representative.We reaffirmed the need to work together and to do everything necessary to tackle the crisis and its consequences.The priority is the health of our citizens.On the four priorities identified:1. Limiting the spread of the virusWe endorsed the guidelines proposed by the Commission on border management. We need to ensure passage of medicines, food and goods and our citizens must be able to travel to their home countries. Adequate solutions for cross-border workers will be found.To limit the spread of the virus globally, we agreed to reinforce our external borders by applying ...

European Leaders Videoconference Over Refugee Crisis, Coronavirus

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ISTANBUL/TURKEY - Turkish, French, German and British leaders met by videoconference Tuesday to commit themselves to joint actions on the Syrian refugee crisis and coronavirus pandemic.The last-minute conference due to the COVID-19 outbreak replaced an Istanbul summit between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. "We have the opportunity to undertake comprehensive assessments on many issues up, from EU-Turkey relations to the asylum issues," tweeted Erdogan after the meeting.Few details on the nature of the cooperation agreed between the leaders have been released.The video summit is in response to Erdogan sparking a crisis by opening Turkish frontiers with European Union members ...