Respondents share considering COVID-19 a high threat to their country in MENA 2020

As of March 2020, 79 percent of Lebanese respondents considered coronavirus (COVID-19) a high threat in varying degree to their country. In comparison, only 66 percent of respondents from the United Arab Emirates shared this opinion.

Global overview

Worldwide over 665.9 thousand people have been infected by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2). Whilst over 142.5 thousand people have recovered from the infection, around 31 thousand people have not survived the pandemic. Whilst the majority of those who contract the coronavirus may just experience cold- or flu-like symptoms, for certain groups such as the elderly or people with a compromised immune system or pre-existing heart and lung conditions, this disease could cause pneumonia, multi-organ failure or other fatal complications. Therefore most countries have implemented social distancing measures to radically reduce airborne coronavirus transmission.

Political implication

Among countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Iran has had the highest infection rate followed by Israel and Saudi Arabia. A substantial proportion of people in the MENA region support closing their countries’ borders to reduce the threat of the pandemic. Countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are already suffering economically from travel restrictions due to a fall in income from pilgrims and tourists respectively.

Breakdown of respondents considering coronavirus (COVID-19) a high threat to their country in Middle East and North Africa as of March 2020

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Release date

March 2020


Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, MENA

Survey time period

March 20 to 23, 2020

Number of respondents

4,500 respondents

Special properties

general population of Saudi Arabia (n=1,000) and UAE (n=1,000), urban population of Egypt (n=1,000), Jordan (n=500), Lebanon (n=500) and Morocco (n=500)

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "What level of threat do you think the coronavirus poses to your country?" - Very high threat / high threat.

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