Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 2


By Liu Lu
  • World
  • Thursday, 03 Sep 2020

TEHRAN -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Iran rose to 378,752 on Wednesday, after an overnight registration of 1,858 cases, the Iranian health ministry announced.

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,136 patients have been hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 3,946 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 242,284.

The new cases included 1,212 in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, 268 in Duhok, 250 in Karbala, 207 in each Najaf and Wasit, 204 in Dhi Qar, and 194 in Qadisiyah, while the other cases were detected in the other provinces, the statement said. (Iraq-COVID-19)

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TRIPOLI -- Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Wednesday paid a visit to schools in the capital Tripoli, after they were closed for months as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

Serraj toured the classrooms where he was briefed on their readiness and the preventive measures taken by the Ministry of Education to ensure the safety of students against the COVID-19 pandemic, said a statement issued by the prime minister's information office. (Libya-COVID-19-School)

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday underscored the efforts exerted to fight corruption in the war-torn country.

In a speech addressing the new government, the president said that what has been achieved in the fight against corruption is "very important." (Syria-Fight-Corruption)

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