COVID-19 Pandemic in the Arab World: A Mini-Review Article
Ahmad Jebur1, Tammam Harfouch2 & Rim Harfouch1*
1Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Al Andalus University for Medical Sciences, Tartous, Syria
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiovascular Diseases Institute, Iasi, Romania
Dr. Rim Harfouch, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Al Andalus University for Medical Sciences, Tartous, Syria.
Keywords: COVID-19; Epidemiology; Arab Countries
The whole world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic caused by (SARS-CoV-2) virus, which was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, which was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a public health emergency of international concern On January 30, 2020. Because of the exponential increase in the number of cases and deaths, many countries have adopted pandemic preparedness measures and proactive approaches, such as entry restrictions from affected countries; temperature screening; quarantine of those who have contacted with infected people, or those deemed to be in the incubation period; and public education.
Lack of resources is a problem in reporting COVID-19 cases in the majority of Arab countries, especially in Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Syria. Civil wars have weakened infrastructure and divided governments, making it difficult to detect the virus and care for those infected. In this review, we summarize the status of COVID-19 disease in all Arab countries and the estimated number of cases and deaths by their governments.
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