COVID-19 GEOGRAPHIC INSIGHTS

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MENA

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA


Last updated 19/01/2021

No changes or updates noted for the business

The lockdown/curfew is back to some Mena countries.

  • Egypt Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly cautioned that tough steps would have to be taken if citizens did not adhere to anti-coronavirus health measures. Could see also a suspension of education in the country.
    During the meeting of the committee managing the coronavirus crisis, Madbouly underlined that the government may have once again to take some tough decisions which will have a negative economic impact on the very people whom the government has been trying to help. The premier said that for this reason everyone should adhere to wearing facemasks and maintaining social distancing;

  • UAE The UAE has confirmed 1,174 new cases of COVID-19, taking the overall tally in the country to 149,135.According to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the latest coronavirus patients, all of whom are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary care, were identified after conducting more than 125,561 additional COVID-19 tests among UAE citizens and residents over the past few days. Meanwhile, the number of recoveries has gone up to 142,561 after another 678 people received the all-clear. No new fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, leaving the country’s COVID-19 death toll at 528.This means that there are currently 6,046 active cases in the country;
  • Algeria Algeria will reimpose restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 from Nov. 17, including closing gyms, cultural centers, leisure venues and used car markets, and limiting opening hours for some businesses, the prime minister's office said on Sunday. The new measures are aimed at coping with "the worrying phase that the country is experiencing in terms of the evolution of the epidemiological situation," it said in a statement. Under the restrictions, businesses such as cafes, restaurants, hair salons and toy shops will be ordered to close at 3:00 p.m;
  • Turkey Turkey will impose partial weekend curfews to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. The curfews will be effective on weekends, but movement will be allowed between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. so as not to disrupt supply and production chains, Erdogan told a news conference in the capital Ankara following a Cabinet meeting at the presidential complex. A partial curfew that was already in effect for people over the age of 65 has also been expanded to include those under 20, with the exception of those who have to go out for work. They can step outside their homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week. Cinemas will remain closed until the end of the year. Malls, markets, restaurants and hairdressers will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the week, with restaurants only providing delivery service. Education will continue online until the end of the year, Erdogan said, adding all sports competitions will continue to be played without an audience;
  • Jordan Jordan’s government has changed curfew hours cutting operating hours of businesses and public movement by one hour, as it tightened measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. Business are now allowed to operate only until 9p.m., from 10p.m. previously, while the window for public movement has been trimmed from 6a.m. until 10p.m., against an hour later during the previous announcements, state news agency Petra reported.
    Petra likewise quoted Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh that parliamentary elections would still be held on Nov. 10, and the premier has spoken to the Independent Election Commission to change instructions for the parliamentary elections.
    Jordan will also close fitness centers and swimming pools all over the country, as well as kids indoor play areas starting Monday.
    Last month, Jordan said it will reopen some land border crossings for travelers as the Kingdom eases coronavirus restrictions and put into place protocols and procedures through its online travel platform;

  • Lebanon The Lebanese government has ordered a second coronavirus lockdown until the 30th of November, forcing shops and restaurants to close and imposing a curfew. But many say it won't be enough to combat the pandemic. From Saturday, most businesses, restaurants and public places will have to remain closed until the end of the month. In addition, there will be a curfew in place from 5 p.m. local time;
  • Morocco Morocco has placed orders for two COVID-19 vaccines that are in phase 3 clinical trials and is also in talks with other developers, its prime minister said on Tuesday. The North African country expects a vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm to be approved first and plans to start rolling it out next month Saad Eddine El Otmani told Reuters in an interview;
  • Kuwait Kuwait has signed a contract with US company Moderna to receive 1.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine after production begins, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported;
  • KSA Saudi Arabia has lifted its nationwide curfew, but says other restrictions will remain. Authorities say all economic and commercial activities will resume, but bans on international travel and religious pilgrimages will not change.

Operations/Logistics:

  • Banks are working with 80% of its capacity.
  • Ports are still operational with slight reduction in capacity, same for inland transportation however airports are still facing many disruptions/delays.
  • Factories / roasters, 75% capacity





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