Roundup: Iran to import over 42 mln doses of vaccines as total COVID-19 cases near 900,000


By Liu Lu

CAIRO, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Iran announced on Wednesday a new daily record of 13,843 confirmed COVID-19 infections, raising the total number to 894,385. Meanwhile, the country said that it will import about 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for over 20 million people.

Among the newly infected in the past 24 hours, 2,370 had to be hospitalized, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Sadat Lari said at her daily briefing, as reported on the ministry's website.

As of Wednesday, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed 46,207 lives in Iran, after an overnight registration of 469 new deaths, according to the official report.

Sadat Lari added that 625,606 cases have by now recovered or been discharged from hospitals, but 5,832 others remain in intensive care units.

Iran will import about 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for over 20 million people, the Iranian Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education Saeed Namaki announced on Wednesday.

"We are purchasing vaccines from the World Health Organization's COVAX program," Namaki said in a public statement.

He said Iran is set to import 16.8 million vaccine doses through COVAX.

About 5.5 million doses will be acquired through a joint production contract with one foreign company, the Iranian minister elaborated, adding another foreign firm will supply about 20 million doses.

The Iraqi Health Ministry reported 2,438 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 542,187.

The ministry also reported 55 new deaths and 2,270 more recovered cases in the country, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 12,086 and the total recoveries to 472,054.

Iraqi Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi told the Iraqi News Agency that the increase in daily infections is largely due to people's negligence and non-compliance with the health instructions, stressing the need for the citizens' cooperation by adhering to health-protective measures.

Turkey reported 6,814 daily infections, pushing the total confirmed cases in the country to 467,730, while the death toll rose by 168 to 12,840 and the tally of recoveries increased to 385,480.

Israel's Ministry of Health reported 743 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally to 331,678. The number of death cases rose by four to 2,826, while the overall recoveries hit 319,842.

Earlier on Tuesday, the gradual reopening of schools in Israel continued, with the resumption of the 5th and 6th grade classes in the cities and towns with low COVID-19 morbidity.

Saudi Arabia reported 326 new coronavirus cases and 14 more fatalities from the virus, raising the total infections in the kingdom to 356,067 and the death toll to 5,825. The tally of recoveries increased to 344,787.

Morocco confirmed 4,979 new COVID-19 cases and 70 more deaths, taking the tally of infections in the country to 336,506 and the death toll to 5,539. The tally of recoveries rose to 284,496.

Jordan announced 5,025 new coronavirus infections and 62 more deaths, pushing the tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 198,021 and the total deaths from the disease to 2,442. The total number of recoveries rose to 131,181.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirmed 1,297 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, bringing the total infections in the UAE to 162,662 and the total death count to 563. The number of recoveries rose to 151,044.

Kuwait reported 422 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, raising the tally of infections to 141,217 and the death toll to 871 in the country.

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry also announced the recovery of 626 more patients, taking the total recoveries in the country to 134,033.

The Qatari health ministry announced 209 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 137,851.

Meanwhile, 252 more recovered from the virus, bringing the overall recoveries to 134,950, while the fatalities went up by one to 237.

Algeria recorded 1,025 new daily COVID-19 infections, the highest number in the country since the pandemic outbreak in late February, bringing the total COVID-19 cases in the country to 78,025.

It also reported 20 more deaths, taking the death toll in Algeria to 2,329 and the total recoveries reached 50,712.

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