Mideast’s confirmed coronavirus death toll goes over 50,000

The confirmed death toll from the coronavirus has gone over 50,000 in the Middle East as the pandemic continues

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The confirmed death toll from the coronavirus has gone over 50,000 in the Middle East as the pandemic continues.

That’s according to a count Thursday from The Associated Press, based on official numbers offered by health authorities across the region.

Those numbers still may be an undercount, though, as testing in war-torn nations like Libya and Yemen remains extremely limited. The top U.N. official for Libya on Wednesday warned the coronavirus pandemic in the war-ravaged country appears to be “spiraling out of control.”

The hardest-hit nation remains Iran, which saw the region’s first major outbreak. Over 21,900 people have died there from the virus, with over 380,000 confirmed cases and 328,000 recoveries.

The United Arab Emirates, which has embarked on a mass testing campaign, saw its highest daily confirmed new case count in over three months. That came as schools have reopened in the country and Dubai has offered itself as a tourist destination.