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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 7

Xinhua
08 May 2021, 07:30 GMT+10

TUNIS -- Tunisia decided on Friday to impose a general lockdown for a period of seven days starting from May 9 to 16 to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the country.

A curfew will also be imposed throughout the country from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, announced by Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi at a press conference held at the government's headquarters. (Tunisia-COVID19- Lockdown)

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MANAMA -- Bahrain announced on Friday that passengers from countries of the Gulf Corporate Council (GCC), who have been fully inoculated against coronavirus or have recovered from it, will need no PCR tests or quarantine starting the first day of Eid al-Fitr.

"Incoming passengers must show evidence of vaccination or recovery through certification or official GCC mobile application," said the announcement by Bahrain's National Medical Team for Combatting the Coronavirus, adding the decision does not apply to passengers aged between six and 17. (Bahrain-PCR Test-Entry Rules)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that all employees are required to take COVID-19 vaccine before going to their workplaces.

A tweet by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said the decision covers public, private and non-profit sectors, calling on all of them to encourage their staff to take the vaccine to ensure safe and healthy working environment. (Saudi-COVID19 Vaccine-Workplaces)

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TEHRAN -- The United States and all parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are serious in efforts to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal, Iranian senior nuclear negotiator said on Friday.

After Friday's meeting of the Iran nuclear deal in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who heads Iran's delegation to the negotiations, was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency that all parties are serious in reaching a solution despite numerous challenges. (Iran-JCPOA-Vienna Talks)

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