Total number of coronavirus cases in Gulf Arab states surpasses 200,000: Reuters tally

FILE PHOTO: Police car patrols Al Ras district, famous for its gold and spice markets, after a full lockdown, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike

CAIRO (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates reported on Wednesday 883 new cases of novel coronavirus which brings the number in the six Gulf Arab states to more than 200,000, according to a Reuters’ tally.

Coronavirus infections in the energy producing region, which crossed the 100,000 mark on May 11, had initially been linked to travel but then spread among low-income migrant workers in overcrowded quarters, prompting authorities to increase testing.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy, Writing by Nayera Abdallah, Editing by Franklin Paul