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Roundup: Iran’s COVID-19 cases exceed 230,000; Turkey’s tally surpasses 200,000 – Xinhua (www.xinhuanet.com)

CAIRO, July 1 (Xinhua) — Iran’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded 230,000 on Wednesday, while the tally of coronavirus cases in Turkey surpassed 200,000.

Iran reported 2,549 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total confirmed novel coronavirus cases to 230,211.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily update that 141 people died overnight, taking the total fatalities over the virus to 10,958.

Turkey recorded 1,192 new cases and 19 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 201,098 and the death toll to 5,150.

Turkey’s biggest Istanbul Airport inaugurated its first COVID-19 test center for international passengers on Wednesday.

Samples would be examined in the laboratories at the terminal, and the results will be delivered within two hours for 110 Turkish liras (16 U.S. dollars), according to the airport.

Internet cafes and gaming halls across Turkey also reopened on Wednesday with a series of measures as the government has been gradually relaxing COVID-19 restrictions.

These businesses are obliged to take precautionary measures set by the Health Ministry’s Scientific Committee, including regular disinfection, wearing masks and following the social distancing, the Turkish Interior Ministry said.

Saudi Arabia registered on Wednesday 3,402 new coronavirus cases, bringing the accumulated number to 194,225.

The Saudi health ministry said 49 new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 1,698, while 1,994 more recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 132,760.

Egypt reported 1,503 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total cases registered in the country since mid-February to 69,814, Egyptian Health Ministry said.

The ministry said 81 patients died from the novel coronavirus, raising the death toll to 3,034, while 421 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 18,881.

The Iraqi Health Ministry recorded 2,415 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 51,524.

The ministry also confirmed 107 more deaths, raising the death toll to 2,050 in the country.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Wednesday attributed the worsened coronavirus pandemic to “poor planning and accumulated mismanagement.”

The Israeli health ministry reported 1,013 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day surge, raising the total number in the country to 26,257.

Meanwhile, the death toll increased from 320 to 322, while the number of patients in serious condition rose from 52 to 57, out of 243 patients currently hospitalized.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday announced 402 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 49,069.

The UAE also confirmed one more death, pushing up the country’s death toll to 316.

Qatar’s health ministry announced 915 new infections of COVID-19, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 97,003.

Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rose by 10 cases to 1,788 while the death toll remained unchanged at 34.

Lebanon reopened Beirut Airport on Wednesday after four months of closure because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

During his tour at the airport, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said exceptional measures were taken by the ministries, the civil aviation authority and security forces to ensure protection of tourists, expatriates and locals.

Kuwait on Wednesday reported 745 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 46,940 and the death toll to 358, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also announced the recovery of 685 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 37,715.

Morocco reported 103 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 12,636, while the death toll remained at 228.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen’s government-controlled provinces increased to 1,190 on Wednesday, as 32 new cases were confirmed.

The Yemeni Health Ministry said in a statement that during the past 24 hours, the number of recoveries in the government-controlled areas increased to 504 since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on April 10. Enditem

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