Roundup: Iran's total COVID-19 cases top 900,000; Israel to reopen malls, markets on Friday

CAIRO, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Iran's total COVID-19 cases crossed the 900,000-mark on Thursday as its daily infections set a new record for the third day in a row. Meanwhile, Israel is poised to reopen major shopping malls, markets and museums for the first time since the start of a full lockdown on Sept. 18.

Iran reported 13,961 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily record in the country, raising the total nationwide infections to 908,346.

The pandemic has so far claimed 46,689 lives in Iran, up by 482 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education during her daily briefing.

A total of 633,275 people have recovered from the disease and been discharged from hospitals, while 5,849 remained in intensive care units, Lari added.

Israel's Ministry of Health reported 505 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, bringing the total infections in the country to 332,420 and the death toll to 2,827.

The number of recoveries in Israel rose to 320,078, with the addition of 157 new ones, while the number of active cases dropped to 9,515.

On Friday morning, major shopping malls, markets and museums in Israel will reopen for the first time to ease the full lockdown imposed on Sept. 18. Under the Israeli Corona Cabinet's decision, these places will be opened under restrictions, such as preventing gatherings, especially at the entrances.

Turkey recorded 29,132 new COVID-19 cases, including 6,876 symptomatic patients, raising its tally to 474,606, Turkish Health Ministry said Thursday.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Turkey rose by 174 to 13,014, while the total recoveries climbed to 388,771 after 3,291 more patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

Iraq reported 2,483 new COVID-19 cases and 39 more deaths, bringing the total nationwide infections to 544,670 and the death toll to 12,125.

The Iraqi Health Ministry also announced 2,322 more recovered cases, raising its total recoveries to 474,376.

Saudi Arabia reported 322 new COVID-19 infections and 15 more deaths, taking the kingdom's total cases to 356,389 and its death toll to 5,840. The tally of recoveries in the kingdom rose by 428 to 345,215.

Morocco recorded 4,178 new COVID-19 cases and 80 more deaths, pushing its tally of infections to 340,684 and its death toll to 5,619. Its total recoveries increased by 5,312 to 289,808.

Jordan reported 5,000 new coronavirus cases and 67 more deaths, raising its tally of infections to 203,021 and its total deaths from the virus to 2,509. Its tally of recoveries rose by 4,469 to 135,650.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported 1,305 new coronavirus infections and one more death, bringing its total COVID-19 cases to 163,967 and its death toll to 564. The tally of recoveries in the UAE rose by 826 to 151,870.

Kuwait reported 330 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, raising the tally of infections to 141,547 and the death toll to 872 in the country.

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry also announced the recovery of 717 more patients, taking the total recoveries in the country to 134,750.

In Qatar, the health ministry confirmed 215 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 138,066.

It added that the tally of recoveries rose by 248 to 135,198, while its total fatalities remained unchanged at 237 for the second consecutive day.

Lebanon reported 1,859 new infections and 24 more deaths, raising its tally of COVID-19 cases to 122,200 and the death toll to 974. Its tally of recoveries increased by 916 to 72,152.

Palestine on Thursday reported 1,906 new COVID-19 cases and 18 new deaths, bringing the total infections to 91,464 and the death toll to 767.

Samer al-Asaad, director of preventive medicine at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, told Xinhua that the significant increase in the COVID-19 cases in Palestine was related to the coronavirus situation in the neighboring states.

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