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Roundup: Iran’s COVID-19 cases hit 264,561; Saudi Arabia’s tally exceeds 240,000 – Xinhua (www.xinhuanet.com)

CAIRO, July 15 (Xinhua) — Iran’s total COVID-19 cases on Wednesday rose to 264,561 after an overnight registration of 2,388 new infections. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s total cases exceeded 240,000.

The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 13,410 Iranians, up by 199 in the past 24 hours.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that among the new cases in the past 24 hours are 1,775 who have been hospitalized.

She said 25 provinces are either in high-risk condition or on alert for the disease.

Saudi Arabia reported 2,671 new COVID-19 cases, raising the tally of infections in the kingdom to 240,474.

The coronavirus death toll climbed to 2,325 after 42 more fatalities were added, while the tally of recoveries rose to 183,048 with 5,488 new recoveries recorded in the last 24 hours, the Saudi health ministry said.

Turkey on Wednesday reported 947 new COVID-19 cases, raising the tally to 215,940, while the death toll increased to 5,419 after 17 more fatalities were added.

Iraqi Health Ministry on Wednesday recorded 2,110 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 83,867.

The ministry reported 87 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 3,432.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi confirmed in a statement that the makeshift hospital at the site of Baghdad International Fair in the west of the capital has been fully prepared and is ready to receive coronavirus patients.

“The site is ready to open after being equipped with all the medical and preventive supplies, respirators, and testing laboratories for the people infected with COVID-19 to provide advanced health services to the patients,” al-Tamimi said during his visit to the vast site.

In Israel, the resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic continued as 1,828 new cases were reported, taking the tally of infections to 44,188, including 376 deaths and 19,989 recoveries.

This is the second biggest daily increase since the coronavirus outbreak in late February, just two days after a record 1,962 daily new cases were registered.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday a new aid plan that promises to cut a check to every Israeli citizen, amid escalating criticism of his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

At a press conference alongside his finance minister, Netanyahu said every adult with no children or children over 18 will receive 750 new shekels (219 U.S. dollars), while parents with one child, two children and three or more will receive 2,000 new shekels, 2,500 new shekels and 3,000 new shekels respectively.

Oman’s Ministry of Health announced 1,679 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally of infections to 61,247.

The death toll in Oman climbed to 281 while recoveries rose to 39,038.

In Egypt, the health ministry reported 913 new coronavirus cases, increasing the tally of confirmed cases to 84,843, and 59 new deaths, taking the death toll to 4,067.

Kuwait on Wednesday reported 703 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 56,877 and the death toll to 399, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also announced the recovery of 736 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 46,897.

Algeria reported 554 new cases of COVID-19 infections, raising the tally of confirmed cases to 20,766, including 1,040 deaths and 14,792 recoveries.

Qatar’s health ministry announced 450 new infections of COVID-19, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 104,983.

Meanwhile, 477 people recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 101,637, while one died, raising the fatalities to 151, said the ministry.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 275 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the UAE to 55,848, including 335 fatalities and 46,418 recoveries.

Morocco reported 165 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 16,262, including 259 deaths and 13,821 recoveries.

Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections increased on Wednesday by 91 to 2,542, while the death toll went up by one to 38.

The Lebanese Red Cross announced on Wednesday that 21 of its volunteers got infected with COVID-19, prompting it to conduct PCR tests for all its staff for a better assessment of the virus’ spread.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen’s government-controlled provinces increased to 1,526 on Wednesday, after 10 new cases were confirmed.

The Yemeni government also announced that the death toll from the disease climbed to 433 in different areas under its control, including the southern port city Aden. Enditem

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