The Mayor of Hay al-Andalus Municipality, Mohamed Al-Futaisi on Monday, sounded a distress call to all government authorities that the coronavirus case counts in the municipality are spreading out of control.

In a statement on the municipality's Facebook page, Al-Futaisi held all relevant authorities accountable for the fragile situation to which they have come, including the Supreme Consultative Committee, the National Centre for Disease Control, and the Ministry of Health.

"Some authorities have set up an isolation centre inside the municipality without informing the local authorities," the statement read, stressing that the centre will be operated under the municipality’s authority.

Al-Futaisi added that hosting the returnees from abroad within the municipality was one of the reasons for the spread of the virus in the area, arguing that this was done without the municipality's knowledge or approval.