Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 22

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CAIRO -- Egypt confirmed on Sunday 33 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total cases in the country to 327, the Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement.

Besides, four new deaths have been confirmed on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 14, the ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed revealed in the statement. (Egypt-COVID-19)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian Health Ministry on Sunday confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in the country, state TV reported.

The person who was infected with coronavirus came from abroad, said the Health Ministry. (Syria-COVID-19)

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ALGIERS -- Algeria on Sunday announced the activation of level III alert for the spread of the novel coronavirus, as infection cases have been reported in at least 17 out of the 48 provinces in the North African country.

The announcement was made by Health Minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid during an interview with the state radio Channel 3. (Algeria-Coronavirus-Alert)

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TEHRAN -- Iran Mall, Iranian biggest shopping center, will be used as a temporary hospital for the patients of COVID-19, Press TV reported on Sunday.

Iran Mall, located in the west of the capital Tehran, will be able to provide 3,000 beds for the patients, Press TV said.(Iran-COVID-19) Enditem

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