Roundup: Iran’s COVID-19 cases exceed 281,000; Saudi Arabia’s tally surpasses 258,000

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CAIRO, July 22 (Xinhua) — The tally of COVID-19 cases in Iran exceeded 281,000 on Wednesday, while Saudi Arabia’s tally surpassed 258,000.

Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, recorded 2,586 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 281,413.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said the pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 14,853 Iranians, up by 219 in the past 24 hours.

On Wednesday, Saudi Health Ministry announced 2,331 new COVID-19 cases and 44 more deaths, raising the tally of confirmed cases in the kingdom to 258,156 and the death toll to 2,601.

The total number of recoveries from the disease rose to 210,398, the ministry said.

Iraq recorded 2,706 COVID-19 cases during the day, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 99,865.

It also reported 92 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 4,042.

The Iraqi Health Ministry said on Wednesday that it has assigned two centers in Baghdad to test coronavirus infection for travellers, just a day before the reopening of airports.

Israel’s Ministry of Health recorded 2,043 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, raising the total number in the country to 56,085.

The death toll in Israel rose to 430, after five more fatalities were confirmed, while the total recoveries surged to 23,310 after 567 more patients recovered.

An Israeli startup company will conduct innovative rapid artificial intelligence (AI) tests for detecting coronavirus, according to a statement released Wednesday by Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital.

The new testing method identifies and classifies evidence of a virus in the body in less than a second, using a sample of fluid (blood serum or saliva sample) inserted into a disposable test cuvette.

Turkey’s COVID-19 cases increased by 902 on Wednesday, while the total diagnosed cases climbed to 222,402, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

Meanwhile, 19 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,545, Koca tweeted.

Egypt reported on Wednesday 41 deaths from COVID-19, the lowest in nearly six weeks, bringing the death toll to 4,440, said the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 667 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed, raising the total number registered in the country to 89,745, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

It is also the second week in a row for Egypt’s COVID-19 daily infections to fall below 1,000, as a record 1,774 infections were seen on June 19.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Egyptian government said it will further ease restrictions imposed on cafes and restaurants from July 26, ahead of the Islamic Eid al-Adha (Sacrifice Feast) that falls at the end of the month, allowing them to increase their capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent and work until midnight instead of 10 p.m. local time.

Kuwait reported 751 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 61,185 and the death toll to 417.

Palestine registered 356 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 11,280, which includes 2,142 recoveries and 68 deaths.

Qatar’s health ministry on Wednesday announced 441 new infections of COVID-19, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 107,871.

The United Arab Emirates announced 236 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 57,734. The total recoveries rose to 50,354 while the death toll increased to 342.

Morocco registered 220 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally of infections to 17,962, the Ministry of Health said. The death toll from the infectious disease in the country stood at 285, while the total recoveries climbed to 15,636.

Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections increased on Wednesday by 124 cases to 3,104, while the death toll went up by two to 43. Enditem

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