Regional MENA Response Plan COVID-19 (May 2020)
On 11 March 2020, WHO declared the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic. Fifteen weeks after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, 113,053 cases have been confirmed, resulting in 1,922 fatalities (as per 9th of May 2020). There is nowhere in the region that remains unaffected, with registered infections in all 17 countries and new cases reported daily. While the full effects of COVID-19 remain unknown, the pandemic continues to profoundly impact regional migration and mobility dynamics, with deep health, social and economic consequences for the most vulnerable, including migrants, displaced populations and their host communities, and returnees.
- IOM Sitrep