Roundup: Iran's COVID-19 cases surpass 195,000; Turkey's tally exceeds 182,000

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CAIRO, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran reported 2,612 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the total number in the country to 195,051. Meanwhile, Turkey's tally reached 182,727.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said 120 people died overnight from the virus, raising the total fatalities to 9,185.

So far, a total of 154,812 patients have recovered and 2,789 others remain in critical condition, said Lari.

Turkey reported 1,429 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, raising the tally to 182,727, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

This marked the seventh consecutive day with over 1,000 new cases in Turkey, which had witnessed three-digit daily rises for nearly two weeks.

And 19 more deaths were recorded, pushing up the death toll to 4,861, Koca said, adding the total recoveries rose to 154,640 in the country.

Over 1 million passengers have been carried by air in Turkey in the first two weeks of June following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu announced Wednesday.

The minister stated in a written statement that a total of 940,648 passengers were served on domestic flights and 69,489 others on international flights after Turkey launched a partial normalization process on June 1.

As the third worst-hit country in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia registered 4,919 new cases, raising the tally of infections in the kingdom to 141,234.

The death toll increased to 1,091 and the total recoveries stood at 91,662.

The Qatari health ministry on Wednesday announced 1,097 new infections of COVID-19, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 83,174.

Kuwait reported 575 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 37,533 and the death toll to 306, said its health ministry in a statement.

Currently, 8,331 patients are receiving treatment, including 190 in ICU, according to the statement.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday announced 382 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 43,364.

Meanwhile, 676 more patients have fully recovered from the virus, taking the tally of the UAE's recoveries to 29,537.

On the same day, Egypt confirmed 1,363 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total cases registered in the country since mid-February to 49,219, said the Egyptian health minister.

Meanwhile, 84 patients died from the novel coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 1,850, and 411 COVID-19 patients recovered, increasing the total recoveries in the North African country to 13,141.

Israel's total number of coronavirus cases has reached 19,783 after 288 new infections were added over the past day, and the death toll reached 303.

Israel reimposed on Wednesday emergency regulations to curb a new surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The regulations make wearing masks in public places obligatory and require people suspected of being infected with the virus to stay in home quarantine. The regulations also impose fines on those who violate them.

Morocco on Wednesday announced 66 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the North African country to 8,997 since March 2.

The number of recovered patients in Morocco increased to 7,993 with 56 new ones, and the death toll grew to 213 after one new fatality was recorded in the last 24 hours.

The Iraqi health ministry on Wednesday recorded 1,554 COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the disease in the country, bringing the total infections to 24,254.

The ministry also reported 61 fatalities during the day, the highest single-day rise so far, bringing the death toll in the country to 773, while 10,770 patients have recovered.

Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila announced on Wednesday that 45 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the West Bank in the past 24 hours, raising the total number in the Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem to 745 since March 5.

Al-Kaila also warned about an acute increase of COVID-19 cases in the Palestinian territories.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen's government-controlled provinces increased to 902 on Wednesday, after 17 new ones were confirmed.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries in the government-controlled areas, including the southern port city of Aden, increased to 271 and the death toll climbed to 244, the Yemeni Health Ministry said. Enditem

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