Virus measures within the Center East have waned

Virus measures within the Center East have waned

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Fewer deaths than expected, but numbers may not tell the whole story

Friday prayers while observing social distancing at the Masjid Al-Nabawi Mosque in Madina, Saudi Arabia, on June 5

Friday prayers while observing social distancing at the Masjid Al-Nabawi Mosque in Madina, Saudi Arabia, on June 5

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in fewer deaths in the Middle East and North Africa than many feared, according to various government figures. In a region dominated by autocratic rule and where transparency is minimal, statistics almost certainly don't tell the whole story.

In general, extensive curfews and strict border controls seem to have helped countries in the region curb the disease more successfully than in some other parts of the world. Churches and mosques in the Holy Land have been reopened with mandatory self-removal measures as closings are slowly easing.

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