COVID-19 AND MIDDLE EAST: IMPACT AND RESPONSE
Snapshot of Region
In the world’s most tumultuously conflicted region; the COVID-19 outbreak has added to the Middle East’s prevalent atmosphere of chaos and uncertainty. Exact number of infected cases and casualties is difficult to determine in these countries as most authoritarian governments curb outgoing information about the impact of Covid-19. This has been echoed by the World Health Organization (WHO) which is casting a doubt on the outbreak data coming from governments in the ME region. Iran has the most cases, 66,220followed by Turkey with 38,226 cases. No cases have been reported from Yemen.