Roundup: Iran reports highest daily COVID-19 cases, deaths as Morocco's tally of infections nears 300,000

CAIRO, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Monday registered 486 daily deaths over COVID-19 and 13,053 new cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily figures since the outbreak of the disease in the country. Meanwhile, Morocco's tally of infections approached 300,000.

The total number of confirmed cases in Iran has reached 775,121, where the pandemic has by now claimed 41,979 lives, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

A total of 564,699 coronavirus patients have recovered in Iran, with 5,677 still in critical condition.

Iran's Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that four Iranian companies have started human trials of COVID-19 vaccine, Iran Press website reported.

In Morocco, 3,012 new COVID-19 cases were reported, taking the number of infections in the country since March 2 to 296,189.

The death toll in Morocco rose by 71 to 4,850, while the total number of recoveries from COVID-19 increased by 4,761 to 243,359.

The Iraqi Health Ministry reported 2,390 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide infections to 521,542.

It added that 42 new deaths and 2,526 more recovered cases were recorded in the country, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 11,712 and the total recoveries to 449,565.

Turkey's confirmed COVID-19 patients increased by 3,316 to 417,594, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.

It also said that 94 people died and 2,712 patients recovered in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 11,601 and the total recoveries to 356,375.

Turkey's worst-hit city by COVID-19, Istanbul, has been continuing to inspect compliance with pandemic rules nonstop to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Israel rose to 324,644, with 903 new ones reported.

The death toll from the virus reached 2,734 with two new fatalities, while the number of recoveries rose to 314,039 with 659 new ones.

Meanwhile, Israel approved the returning to schools of grades 5-6 students in "green" and "yellow" cities and the reopening of outdoor shopping centers in "green" cities.

Kuwait reported 489 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 137,329 and the death toll to 842 in the country.

The Kuwaiti health ministry also announced the recovery of 829 more patients, taking the total recoveries in the country to 128,414.

Oman announced 329 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 120,718. It also reported 12 deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,350, while its overall recoveries rose to 111,446.

In Qatar, 243 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected, increasing the total number to 136,028, including 235 deaths and 133,010 recoveries.

Saudi Arabia announced 301 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total tally to 353,556.

The recoveries rose to 340,668 with 364 more recovered cases in the kingdom, while the death toll reached 5,676 with the registration of 19 more fatalities.

The United Arab Emirates recorded 1,209 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, raising the total infections to 151,554 and the death toll to 534, while the tally of recoveries rose by 680 to 143,932.

Jordan reported 5,861 new COVID-19 cases and 71 more deaths from the virus, pushing the tally of infections in the kingdom to 149,539 and the death toll to 1,843.

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