The COVID-19 virus that originated in China back in December has since spread across the globe, infecting over 300,000 people and killing around 13,600. Numerous countries have introduced severe quarantine measures and closed their borders, also urging their citizens to stay home to stop the outbreak.
The political gridlock in Israel shows no sign of abating even after holding its third parliamentary elections in a year in early March, amid attempts by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud and the Blue and White alliance to form a coalition government.
It's been several days since Israel began using a mass surveillance system - initially developed by the country's internal secret service (Shin Bet) - to track coronavirus patients and alert those who have been in proximity to them that they too could be contagious and thus should isolate themselves for 14 days.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov has said the recent breakup of the OPEC+ oil output cut agreement and subsequent collapse in oil prices was the "Arab partners' initiative".
Globally, the novel virus has affected over 266,000 people, according to the latest data provided by the World Health Organisation, with over 11,000 deaths so far.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot on Saturday said that it would resume flights to Dubai starting 23 March in connection with the revocation of the decision to suspend flights on this route by the Russian authorities.
Originating in China last December, the virus has rapidly spread across the globe prompting the World Health Orginisation to declare the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of the Syrian truce has recorded four ceasefire violations in Syria over the past 24 hours, while the Turkish side has recorded no truce breaches, the Russian Defence Ministry said in its daily bulletin on Saturday.
The 3 January US assassination of Qasem Soleimani, long-time commander of the Islamic Republic’s elite Quds Force military unit, further exacerbated the already strained ties between Washington and Tehran which have been tense since the White House’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in 2018.
As the world continues to combat COVID-19 novel coronavirus, millions in Africa and the Middle East are expected to also be hit with the ever-worsening desert locust crisis, which experts say has the ability to grow at an unprecedented rate due to favorable breeding conditions triggered by climate change.
Globally, the virus has affected 209,839 people and killed 8,778, according to data provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Originating in China last December, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has rapidly spread across the globe prompting the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare the new virus outbreak a pandemic on 11 March.
On 5 March, Moscow and Ankara clinched a ceasefire deal to stop an ongoing escalation between Turkish and Syrian forces in Idlib Province, and to establish joint military patrols in the area.
Washington reinstated its strict economic sanctions against Tehran in May 2018, when President Trump announced America's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Last week, the US military confirmed that they had staged “defensive precision strikes” on weapons storage facilities of the Iraqi Shia paramilitary group Kataib Hezbollah in retaliation for the group’s previous attack on the Camp Taji military base in Iraq that killed at least two American servicemen.
The Islamic Republic occupies the third position amid countries worst-hit by the coronavirus, right after China and Italy. At the moment, there are over 18,000 infected in Iran, while more than have 1,200 died from the disease.
Overshadowed by COVID-19, Israel's political stalemate seems to have been put on the back burner. Benny Gantz, who has received a mandate to form a government, will need to make tough decisions including on a potential unity government with Netanyahu, a move that could lead to the split of the Blue and White party.
The Kingdom has recently initiated a series of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19, including the suspension of prayers outside Mecca and Medina holy mosques and the cancellation of the Jeddah Season festival.
This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rolled out new legislation calling for the tracking of those confirmed to be infected with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. As the leader faces several corruption-related charges, one expert tells Sputnik this new law is just the start of Netanyahu's attempt to strongarm the Israeli government.
ANKARA (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Turkey has increased by 88 percent to 359 within the past 24 hours, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.