Roundup: Iran's total COVID-19 cases near 980,000; Turkey's daily infections surpass 30,000


CAIRO, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Iran's tally of COVID-19 cases approached 980,000 on Tuesday with 13,881 new cases reported during the day. Meanwhile, Turkey detected over 30,000 infections in a single day, bringing its tally of COVID-19 cases close to 670,000.

The total number of infections registered in Iran climbed to 975,951, with 2,237 of the newly infected to be hospitalized, said Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

She added that the epidemic has so far claimed 48,628 lives in Iran after the registration of 382 new deaths, while 677,963 patients have so far recovered.

Turkey confirmed 30,110 new coronavirus cases, including 6,101 symptomatic patients, raising the total number of infections and symptomatic COVID-19 patients in the country to 668,957 and 506,966, respectively, Turkey's Health Ministry said.

The death toll from coronavirus in Turkey rose by 190 to 13,936, while the total recoveries climbed to 409,320 after 4,593 more patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

Turkey also saw on Tuesday the first nighttime curfew imposed on weekdays to curb the hike in the number of COVID-19 cases. Local residents emptied boulevards, streets, and squares across the country to follow the lockdown.

The Iraqi Health Ministry reported 2,218 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 554,767.

It also reported 48 new deaths and 1,896 more recovered cases, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 12,306 and the total recoveries to 484,570.

Kuwait reported 357 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, raising the tally of infections to 142,992 and the death toll to 881 in the country.

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry also announced the recovery of 554 more patients, taking the total recoveries to 137,625.

In Palestine, the health ministry recorded 2,536 new COVID-19 cases and 16 more deaths, bringing the total number of infections to 101,386 and the death toll to 838.

The Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, announced on Tuesday in a brief press statement that its chief in the coastal enclave, Yahya Sinwar, had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Qatari health ministry announced 168 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 139,001.

Meanwhile, 216 more people recovered from the virus in Qatar, bringing the overall recoveries to 136,306, while the total fatalities increased by one to 238.

In Oman, the total COVID-19 infections reached 123,908 with 209 new cases added, while the tally of deaths rose by seven to 1,430 and that of recoveries increased by 225 to 115,441.

Saudi Arabia announced 263 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total tally to 357,623. The recoveries in the kingdom surged to 347,176 with 374 more recovered cases, while the death toll climbed to 5,907 after the registration of 11 more fatalities.

In Morocco, the tally of COVID-19 cases rose by 3,508 to 359,844, including 5,915 fatalities and 310,193 recoveries.

Jordan reported 4,187 new coronavirus infections and 51 deaths, bringing its caseload to 223,617 and its death toll to 2,802. Meanwhile, its tally of recoveries rose by 7,933 to 162,959.

Jordan's Minister of Health Nathir Obeidat said on Tuesday that medical cadres in Jordan would get additional training to face the coronavirus crisis.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported 1,289 new coronavirus infections and four more deaths, bringing its total cases to 170,149 and its death toll to 576. The tally of recoveries in the UAE rose by 768 to 155,667.

In Israel, the tally of COVID-19 infections climbed to 337,961 after 1,115 new cases were recorded. Meanwhile, its death toll from the virus increased by 12 to 2,888 and its total recoveries rose by 726 to 324,377.

Lebanon's total number of COVID-19 infections went up by 1,511 to 129,455, while the death toll increased by 15 to 1,033.

In Algeria, the tally of coronavirus infections rose by 953 to 84,152, including 2,431 deaths and 53,869 recoveries.

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