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Coronavirus Updates

Many Israelis could be denied seasonal flu vaccine
The Media Line Staff
16:32 | 10/20/2020
A global shortage of influenza vaccines due to increased demand could mean that many Israelis will not be able to get vaccinated this winter, according to a presentation that took place Tuesday at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
IMF: Mideast banks face $180 billion hit from coronavirus
The Media Line Staff
16:31 | 10/20/2020
The International Monetary Fund’s latest economic report for the Middle East region says that banks could have to absorb $180 billion from defaults and nonperforming loans.
Fauci calls rise in US coronavirus cases ‘concerning’
The Media Line Staff
16:48 | 10/15/2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Thursday that he is concerned about the recent rise in coronavirus infections across the country as winter nears along with colder weather.
WHO says full lockdowns should be ‘last resort’
The Media Line Staff
16:47 | 10/15/2020
Dr. Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, said on Thursday that a return to the full-scale lockdowns seen earlier in Europe should be “a very, very last resort.”
Israel set to approve easing of lockdown restrictions
The Media Line Staff
16:47 | 10/15/2020
Israel’s coronavirus czar Ronni Gamzu said on Thursday that daily coronavirus infection and reproduction rates had met the criteria for beginning to ease the country’s lockdown restrictions. The coronavirus cabinet on Thursday was expected to approve the first phase of the multistaged lockdown exit, including the opening of preschools and businesses that do not accept customers.
Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trials may start soon in Philippines
The Media Line Staff
16:46 | 10/15/2020
Sinovac Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine candidate could start Phase 3 trials in the Philippines as early as next month, the head of the country’s food and drugs agency said on Thursday.
Iran reports record daily coronavirus infections, deaths
The Media Line Staff
16:45 | 10/15/2020
Iran on Wednesday reported new daily records for coronavirus cases and deaths. The 279 new fatalities raised the total death count to 29,349 while the 4,830 additional infections brought the total case count to 513,219.
Saudia resumes international flights
The Media Line Staff
16:43 | 10/15/2020
Saudia, the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has resumed international flights to 20 destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe after seven months of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Arab News reports.
UAE reports record new daily coronavirus infections
The Media Line Staff
16:36 | 10/15/2020
The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday reported a daily record for new coronavirus cases with 1,431 additional infections, Arab News reports.
Northern Ireland to impose strictest measures in UK
The Media Line Staff
16:34 | 10/15/2020
Northern Ireland said on Wednesday that it would impose the strictest coronavirus measures in the United Kingdom since the summer, closing schools for two weeks and shuttering restaurants for a month.
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