In an interview with Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator Marc Lowcock on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the UN's $2 billion humanitarian response plan, the official appealed for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East to ease the fight against Coronavirus.
Countries across the MENA region are taking precautions against the spread of Coronavirus in its prison system. The region's prisons tend to uniformly suffer from overcrowding and unsanitary conditions that would allow the virus the spread quickly.
As Lebanon moves in to confront the COVID-19 outbreak that has already claimed thousands of lives around the world, textile workshops, such as a former school uniform workshop in Sidon, are moving to produce medical scrubs and other, much-needed equipment.
According to a brief published the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ECSWA), the coronavirus crisis could cause more than 1.7 million people in Arab countries to lose their jobs 2020.