Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, April 15

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed 94 new COVID-19 death cases, bringing the death toll in the country to 4,777, official IRNA news agency reported.

Meanwhile, 1,512 new infection cases were registered over the past 24 hours, taking Iran's total number to 76,389, said Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. (Iran-COVID-19)

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DAMASCUS -- The cease-fire backed by Turkey and Russia entered its 41st day in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on Wednesday with "cautious calm," a war monitor reported.

This calm prevailed in the cease-fire area amid the absence of airstrikes but with some violations and shelling in the southern countryside of Idlib, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Cease-fire)

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RIYADH -- A team of Chinese medical experts arrived in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on Wednesday to assist the kingdom in combating COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus.

The team comprises eight medical experts who specialize in various areas including virus testing, infectious disease, respiratory disease, intensive care, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). (Saudi Arabia-China-Medical Team)

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ALGIERS -- Algeria on Wednesday received a new batch of medical donation from China, the second of its kind since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the North African nation.

A plane loaded with the donation landed in Algiers International Airport and was welcomed by Algeria's Vice Minister for Pharmaceutical Industry Lotfi Djamel Benbahmed and Chinese Ambassador to Algeria Li Lianhe. (Algeria-China-Donation) Enditem

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