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The novel coronavirus has infected over 8.96 million people while 467,390 have died of the disease, according to a Reuters tally published on June 22. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries since December 2019.
Among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, the United Arab Emirates has shown a steadfast commitment to beat the virus and make life safe for its people. The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention reported 392 new cases and 661 new recoveries on June 21. One new death was reported. As many as 48,000 new Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country, the ministry added.
Oman reported 1,605 new cases on June 22, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Sultanate to 31,076. Its Ministry of Health said that 4,544 tests were conducted over the past 24 hours. The Ministry also pointed out that in all there has been 16,408 recoveries and 137 deaths.
Saudi Arabia announced 3,379 new cases, taking the total number to 157,612 cases. This includes 55,215 active cases that are receiving necessary medical care. Of these, 2,027 cases are critical. The kingdom’s Health Ministry announced that 2,213 have recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 101,130.
Bahrain on June 22 reported 434 new cases, and 629 recoveries. Of the new cases, 273 were among expatriate workers, 158 were contacts of active cases, and three contracted the virus through travel.
There are currently 169 cases receiving treatment, of which 32 are critical; 5,250 cases are stable out of a total of 5,282 active cases.
The Health Ministry said that 7,379 new Covid-19 tests were carried out on June 21. The country has reported 16,419 total recoveries.
Kuwait announced on June 22 that 530 people had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 31,770.
On June 21 it had announced 505 new cases, bringing the total infected cases to 39,650. Seven deaths were reported, bringing the total death toll to 326. The Health Ministry stated that 2,742 swab tests were done that day.

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Two people from Kerala died in the GCC on June 22, taking the total number of Malayali fatalities to 259. Of this, 100 were in the UAE, 42 in Kuwait and 10 in Oman.