CAIRO, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iran confirmed on Sunday four cases infected with the new variant of the COVID-19. Meanwhile, Israel advised those who have recovered from coronavirus infection against getting vaccinated due to potential risks.
Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki said the four patients infected with the new virus variant have been placed under quarantine and received medical treatment.
Namaki underlined the need to test and place under quarantine all travellers entering Iranian territory from Europe, directly or indirectly.
Iran will start vaccinating those vulnerable to COVID-19 in the next two months, said Alireza Raisi, the spokesman for the Iranian National Headquarters for Combating the Coronavirus.
Around 1.3 million people, including health staff and elderly people in nursing homes, will be vaccinated at the first stage of the plan, Raisi added.
Iran confirmed on Sunday 5,968 new COVID-19 cases and 71 more deaths, raising the overall infections in the country to 1,286,406 and the death toll to 56,171.
Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said 1,074,887 COVID-19 patients have recovered from COVID-19, but there were still 4,664 still in critical condition.
Israel added 5,912 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 489,995, while its death toll from the disease rose by 30 to 3,663.
The number of patients in serious condition in Israel increased from 964 to 1,056, out of 1,693 hospitalized patients, a new record since the pandemic outbreak in late February 2020.
Earlier on Sunday, a 23-year-old man in Israel developed a rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which could severely impair heart function, 24 hours after he was vaccinated.
The Israeli Health Ministry and the World Health Organization have been briefed on the case. The Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, where the patient was hospitalized, said the man is a recovered COVID-19 patient, advising those who have recovered from the virus not to get vaccinated.
Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, reported 9,138 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,017 patients with symptoms, bringing its tally of infections to 2,326,256.
It also confirmed 176 more fatalities from the virus, pushing up its death toll to 22,807, while its total recoveries rose by 8,103 to 2,198,150.
Iraq's Ministry of Health reported on Sunday 607 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 602,938.
It also recorded 14 new deaths from the disease in Iraq, raising its death toll to 12,895, and 1,752 more recovered cases, bringing its total recoveries in the country to 556,742.
Morocco reported 895 new COVID-19 cases and 34 more fatalities, taking its tally of infections to 452,532 and its death toll to 7,743. The tally of recoveries in Morocco surged by 1,355 to 424,896.
Saudi Arabia confirmed 117 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths on Sunday, taking its tally to 363,809 and its death toll to 6,291. The kingdom's total recoveries climbed by 166 to 355,548.
Jordan announced 1,250 new coronavirus infections and 15 more fatalities, raising its total COVID-19 caseload to 307,209 and its death toll to 4,024. Its total recoveries rose by 1,802 to 288,785.
Jordan will start a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign starting Jan. 13, Health Minister Nathir Obeidat said at a press conference in the capital Amman.
The Omani Health Ministry on Sunday announced 538 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total confirmed cases in the sultanate to 130,608.
The death toll in Oman from the coronavirus rose by three to 1,508, while the number of recoveries surged by 311 to 122,867.
Kuwait's COVID-19 cases increased by 414 to 154,314 on Sunday, while its death toll rose to 943 after one more fatality was recorded. The Kuwaiti Health Ministry also announced the recovery of 279 more patients, taking the total recoveries to 149,007.
Algeria reported 231 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 102,144 and the death toll to 2,807, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.
The Algerian government announced on Sunday the registration of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V as part of the emergency measures to begin the vaccination campaign in January.
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Sunday left for Germany for medical treatment for complications in his foot after contracting COVID-19, the Moroccan presidency announced.
The Qatari Health Ministry announced 193 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total confirmed number in the Gulf state to 145,865.
Qatar's tally of recoveries climbed by 123 to 142,695, while the death toll remained unchanged at 246 for the third day running, according to a ministry statement.