Coronavirus
Turkey records highest daily virus toll since mid-May
Turkey on Friday recorded 11,094 new cases and 60 deaths from COVID-19.
Al-Monitor Staff | Turkey | Jul 23, 2021
A health care worker administers a dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a man at Kizilay Square in Ankara, on July 11, 2021.
Israel to bring back 'Green Pass' indicating vaccine and virus status
Israel's COVID-19 cases are increasing, but deaths remain at a historical low amid the spread of the delta variant.
Al-Monitor Staff | Israel | Jul 22, 2021
The Takeaway: Biden-Abdullah White House summit key to Israel-Jordan reset
Jordan-Israel ties had hit rock bottom under Netanyahu; Also: Will Zarif pick up Raisi’s road map on the Iran deal?; Israel prepares Raisi file; Egypt, Ethiopia compete for power partnerships; Saudi-Ethiopian ties strained by Nile dam dispute; Russia’s vaccine diplomacy stumbles; the latest Pharaonic parade. 
Andrew Parasiliti, Elizabeth Hagedorn, Joe Snell | Israel | Jul 21, 2021
Tehran begins another round of coronavirus lockdowns 
Iran has announced a new wave of restrictions in red zones as well as the capital.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iran | Jul 21, 2021
Turkey’s COVID-19 cases surge as restrictions relaxed during Eid
As holiday-makers flock to Turkey’s coastal areas and cast aside masks and social distancing, a surge in COVID-19 figures fans worries in the health sector of a fourth coronavirus wave, possibly as early as August.
Nazlan Ertan | Turkey | Jul 21, 2021
Saudi Arabia to require two vaccine jabs for international travel
The Saudi government has made receiving the COVID-19 vaccine a requirement for its citizens to travel and work in the past.
Al-Monitor Staff | News Brief | Jul 19, 2021
Abu Dhabi returns to partial lockdown against COVID-19 variants
Beginning Monday, movement will be restricted from midnight to 5 a.m. and public spaces will operate at limited capacity.
Al-Monitor Staff | United Arab Emirates | Jul 16, 2021
Tunisia receives medical aid from regional states as virus cases rise
Morocco, Egypt, the UAE and others have sent virus-related aid to Tunisia recently.
Al-Monitor Staff | North Africa | Jul 16, 2021
Kremlin's vaccine diplomacy finds trouble in Middle East 
Deliveries of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine are as controversial as the vaccine itself.
Anton Mardasov | Russia | Jul 16, 2021
Iraq's Kurdistan Region detects first case of Delta variant
Several Middle Eastern governments have instituted measures aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 variants recently.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iraq | Jul 16, 2021
Report reveals heavy impact of COVID-19 on Israeli Arabs
A new report quantifies disparities in how the coronavirus crisis has affected Israel's Arab population.
Afif Abu Much | Israel | Jul 14, 2021
Palestinian vaccine-gate investigation report out
The independent report about the deal between the Palestinian government and Israel that led to the PA's receipt of expired vaccines has been finalized and made public with leads on incompetence and oversight.
Daoud Kuttab | Palestine | Jul 9, 2021
Iraq breaks record for highest daily virus cases
Health authorities are asking Iraqis to take the COVID-19 vaccine as rates remain low and infections rise once again.
Al-Monitor Staff | News Brief | Jul 9, 2021
Qatar to resume tourist, family visas starting July 12
Both vaccinated and non-vaccinated visitors will be required to present a negative PCR test and certain travelers must quarantine upon arrival.
Al-Monitor Staff | Qatar | Jul 8, 2021
Iran denies 'US sabotage' against homemade vaccine project 
The denial added to the chaos and confusion surrounding Iran's piecemeal rollout, which has reached only 2.3% of its population.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iran | Jul 8, 2021
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