Arabic

Egypt confirms 103 new coronavirus cases, tally at 1,173

Sharjah 24 – KUNA: Egyptian Minister of Health said 103 people tested positive for coronavirus to increase total patients to 1,173.

UAE

UAE arranges flight to repatriate Emirati citizens in UK

Sharjah 24 – WAM: Two planes, chartered by the UAE Government, will bring home over 80 Emiratis from the United Kingdom on the 5th and 7th of April. These individuals were either studying or receiving medical treatment in the UK and were unable to return following the closure of UAE airports on 24 March.

Arabic

Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 deaths reach 34, infections 2,385

Sharjah 24 – KUNA: Saudi Arabia declared Sunday death cases resulting from the coronavirus increased to 34 while total infections to 2,385.

Economy

UAECB reduces reserves requirements for demand deposits by 50%

Sharjah 24 – WAM: To mitigate the repercussions of COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Bank of the UAE, CBUAE, has decided to reduce by half the reserves requirements for demand deposits for all banks, from 14 percent to 7 percent. This will inject liquidity of about AED61 billion, which can be used to support banks’ lending to the UAE economy and their liquidity management.

International

France reports 357 new COVID-19 hospital deaths, total now 8,078

Sharjah 24 – AFP: France on Sunday reported 357 coronavirus deaths in hospital in 24 hours, lower than the previous two days, bringing the country's total death toll to 8,078.

International

20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search

Sharjah 24 – AFP: Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is still searching for tens of thousands more who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.