CAIRO, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases approached 450,000 in Iran on Monday. Meanwhile, Chinese and Egyptian officials hailed the pioneer role of China in the fight against the pandemic.
Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East region, reported 3,512 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 449,960.
Between Sunday and Monday, 190 deaths were registered over the novel coronavirus, taking the death toll in Iran to 25,779. A total of 376,531 coronavirus patients have recovered, with 4,068 still in critical condition.
China has made remarkable achievements in accelerating prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic and, at the same time, promoted economic and social development, said Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang.
Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed said that China and Egypt are highly cooperating, and both governments have been providing immediate mutual support, to help in facing this ongoing crisis.
In the meantime, 4,116 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Iraq during the past 24 hours, bringing the total nationwide infections to 353,566.
The death toll from the coronavirus in Iraq rose to 9,052 after 62 fatalities were added, while the total recoveries increased to 284,784 as 4,111 more patients recovered.
Saudi Arabia announced 455 new cases and 29 more deaths, raising the tally of confirmed cases to 333,648 and the death toll to 4,712.
The kingdom also reported 841 more recovered patients, taking the total recoveries to 317,846.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey climbed by 1,412 to 315,845, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.
The death toll from the coronavirus in the country rose to 8,062 after 65 new fatalities were added in the past 24 hours, Koca said, adding that the total recoveries increased to 277,052.
In Qatar, 227 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected, increasing the total number to 125,311, including 214 deaths and 122,209 recoveries.
In Israel, 2,239 new COVID-19 cases were recorded, taking the tally of coronavirus infections to 233,265.
The death toll of the virus in Israel increased to 1,507 while the recoveries rose to 165,191.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel should be prepared to treat twice the number of current seriously ill COVID-19 patients, as the virus outbreak showed no sign of slowing.
In Morocco, the tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 119,107 after 1,422 new cases were added, which included 2,113 fatalities and 97,468 recoveries.
Kuwait reported 437 new cases, bringing the country's total number of infections to 103,981, of whom 605 have died and 95,511 recovered.
Oman's Ministry of Health announced 607 new cases of infections, raising the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 98,057, including 924 deaths and 88,234 recoveries.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 626 new cases, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 92,095.
The tally of recoveries in the UAE rose to 81,462 after 918 more patients have recovered from the virus and the death toll reached 413 with one more death.
Palestine reported 503 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally of infections in the Palestinian territories to 49,695, including 39,386 recoveries and 353 deaths.
In Lebanon, the number of COVID-19 infections increased by 1,018 to 37,272, while the death toll went up by four to 351.
Libya on Monday reported 849 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country so far to 33,213 with 18,518 recoveries and 527 deaths.
Tunisia has started on the day implementing a series of new preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including banning Chairs in cafes and obeying social distancing protocol in restaurants.
In addition, guests for wedding parties are reduced by 30 percent in terms of reception capacity, and the wearing of masks becomes compulsory in public and private means of transport.
Tunisia's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has reached 16,114, including 214 deaths.
In Jordan, 734 new COVID-19 cases were recorded, increasing the tally of cases to 9,226 with 51 deaths and 4,359 recoveries.
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