WHO warns Middle East must act quickly to contain coronavirus

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Middle Eastern governments must act quickly to limit the spread of the coronavirus as cases in the region have risen to nearly 60,000 – almost double the tally of a week earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned.

“New cases have been reported in some of the most vulnerable countries with fragile health systems,” Ahmed al-Mandhari, WHO’s director for the Eastern Mediterranean region, which includes Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as MENA countries.