There are currently 42,991 active cases of coronavirus worldwide out of the total 85,721 cases recorded in 61 countries with 35,173 (82%) of them in mild condition while 7,818 (18%) are in serious or critical condition, according to the latest figures compiled by worldometers.
Meanwhile, 42,730 of the cases are inactive or closed now. Out of the total closed cases, 39,792 (93%) recovered fully and got discharged from the hospital while 2.933 (7%) died.
Aljazeera reports that Qatar has become the latest Middle Eastern country to report its first case of coronavirus.
The patient, a 36-year-old man, returned from Iran, which has the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths outside China.
The news on Saturday comes amid growing concerns in the Gulf, with Saudi Arabia having recently halted travel to holy sites such as Mecca and Medina.
Meanwhile, in the Asia Pacific, South Korea urged citizens to stay indoors as it warned of a “critical moment” in its battle against the coronavirus after recording the biggest daily jump in infections, with 813 new cases taking the tally to 3,150 with 17 new deaths.
Seoul is grappling with the largest outbreak of the virus outside China, the epicentre of the deadly disease. The National Health Commission reported on Saturday at least 47 new deaths, bringing to 2,835 the number of fatalities nationwide among 79,251 confirmed cases.
In Europe, Italy has reported 888 coronavirus cases and 18 deaths, the most in Europe.
On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the spread of the virus is “getting bigger”. More than 85,000 people have been infected worldwide.