CAIRO, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Iran exceeded 304,000 on Friday. Meanwhile, Iraq reported 3,346 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the disease in the country.
The tally of coronavirus infections in Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, climbed to 304,204 after the registration of 2,674 new cases overnight.
Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said the death toll from the deadly respiratory disease soared to 16,569 after 226 new deaths were recorded. So far, 261,200 patients have recovered and 4,041 others remain in critical condition.
The Iraqi Health Ministry on Friday recorded 3,346 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the disease, bringing the total nationwide infections to 124,609.
It also reported 70 fatalities during the day, raising the death toll to 4,741, while 1,888 more patients recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 87,434.
Riyadh Abdul-Amir, head of the ministry's public health department, said in a press release that the health situation in the country is serious, but the authorities will apply the full curfew only in this week, which covers the Eid al-Adha holiday, and afterward will return to the partial curfew.
Saudi Arabian Health Ministry announced 1,686 new coronavirus cases, increasing the total infections to 275,905
It also said the death toll in the kingdom rose to 2,866 after 24 new fatalities were added, and the tally of recoveries increased to 235,658 with 4,460 more recoveries reported.
Turkey confirmed 982 new COVID-19 cases, while the total diagnosed cases climbed to 230,873, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
Meanwhile, 17 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,691, Koca tweeted.
The Turkish government did not impose any further restrictions during Eid al-Adha, but officials urged the public to strictly implement social distancing rules amid concerns that social interactions during the holiday can cause a surge in the number of new coronavirus cases.
Israel's Ministry of Health reported 934 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases to 70,970.
According to the ministry, the number of death cases has risen to 512, with 12 new death cases, while the number of patients in serious condition has dropped from 328 to 320, out of 734 patients currently hospitalized.
The number of recoveries increased to 43,850, with 361 new recoveries, while the number of active cases increased to 26,608.
Morocco reported 1,063 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single-day increase so far, taking the tally of infections in the country to 24,322.
The total number of recoveries in Morocco rose to 17,658 and the death toll surged to 353.
Kuwait reported 428 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 66,957 and the death toll to 447, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry also announced the recovery of 602 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 57,932.
Algeria reported 563 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally of infections to 30,394, including 1,210 deaths and 20,537 recoveries.
Palestine confirmed 394 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since March 5 to 15,232, including 85 deaths and 6,351 recoveries.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 283 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 60,506.
And 283 more patients have recovered from the virus, taking the tally of recoveries in the UAE to 53,909.
The Qatari health ministry announced 235 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 110,695.
Meanwhile, 242 more recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 107,377, while the death toll increased by three to 174.
Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections increased by 224 cases to 4,555, while the death toll went up by four to 61.
All malls, nightclubs, pubs and retail shops have been shut down following general mobilization rules issued by the Lebanese government amid a remarkable daily increase in infections recently.
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