As of 4 April 2020, 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region have registered 67,542 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (and 3,848 associated deaths). The Islamic Republic of Iran has recorded more than 55,000 cases, becoming the country with the 7th highest number of cases globally and the country with the highest number of cases in the MENA region with 82 per cent of the total number of cases and 90 per cent of associated deaths). The situation in Iran is of critical concern, with more than 2,000 cases per day (on average). In the rest of the region, the number of cases doubled over the past week. Five countries in the region are recording Case Fatality Rates (CFR) above six per centi. The pandemic has mobilized and harnessed the capacities of governments, the private sector and civil society across the region to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All countries in the MENA region have implemented containment measures and for most of them, have enforced curfew and closure of services and businesses. In addition to the health impact of COVID-19 and of the public health measures, a broad range of socio-economic and psycho-social impacts are already visible in the region, which are hitting the most vulnerable children the hardest. Availability of basic social services has sharply declined, and children are heavily impacted.

 

 

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