Roundup: Iran sees record daily COVID-19 deaths, new cases; Turkey's total cases exceed 400,000

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CAIRO, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Iran registered on Wednesday 462 deaths related to COVID-19 and 11,780 new cases, both the highest daily figures since the outbreak of the disease in the country. Meanwhile, Turkey's total cases exceeded 400,000.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily briefing that 3,339 of the newly infected were hospitalized.

The total number of confirmed cases has reached 715,068 in Iran, where the pandemic has by now claimed 39,664 lives, she added.

Meanwhile, a total of 536,105 COVID-19 patients have recovered or been released from hospitals, with 5,601 in critical condition still in intensive care units, Lari noted.

Turkey's total number of COVID-19 patients increased by 2,693 to 402,053, said the Health Ministry, adding that 86 people died in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 11,145 in the country.

It said 2,112 more patients recovered, taking the total recoveries to 344,613 since the outbreak.

The rate of pneumonia in COVID-19 patients stands at 4.2 percent and the number of seriously ill patients is 3,095.

The Iraqi Health Ministry reported 3,198 new COVID-19 cases, raising the nationwide infections to 508,508.

The ministry also reported 50 new deaths and 1,992 more recovered cases, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 11,482 and the total recoveries to 436,657.

Saudi Arabia recorded 394 new coronavirus infections and 14 more deaths, taking the tally of cases in the kingdom to 351,849 and the total deaths to 5,590.

The tally of recoveries in Saudi Arabia increased by 421 to 338,702, while 786 patients were treated in the intensive care units.

Algerian health authorities reported 811 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day increase since the outbreak of the pandemic in the North African country in February.

In addition, 16 died from the virus and 354 were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 2,093, Djamel Fourar, head of the Scientific Committee for Monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, told reporters during his daily press briefing.

The total number of coronavirus infections has reached 64,257 in Algeria, with 45 patients still in intensive care units, he said.

Morocco registered 5,461 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally in the North African country to 270,626, the health ministry said in a statement.

It also reported 81 new deaths from the coronavirus, raising the death toll in Morocco to 4,506. The tally of recoveries in Morocco increased by 4,892 to 221,743, while 970 patients remained in the intensive care units.

Jordan reported 5,419 new cases, bringing the total cases to 126,401, and 81 new deaths, taking the death toll to 1,467.

The Qatari health ministry announced 224 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 134,887.

It said 193 more recovered from the virus, bringing the overall recoveries to 131,926, while the fatalities remained 233 for the second day running as no new deaths were reported.

The Omani health ministry announced 302 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 119,186.

Meanwhile, 303 people recovered during the past 24 hours, taking the overall recoveries to 109,633, while five others reportedly died, raising the tally to 1,321.

Kuwait reported 778 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 134,159 and the death toll to 826 in the country.

The Kuwaiti health ministry also announced the total recoveries in the country rose to 124,905.

Palestine reported 643 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the Palestinian territories to 72,144, including 612 deaths and 63,774 recoveries.

Thousands of Palestinians on Wednesday paid their respect at the funeral of Saeb Erekat, the state's chief negotiator, who died on Tuesday at 65 after contracting the COVID-19. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Arab members of the Israeli parliament attended Erekat's funeral.

Meanwhile, Palestine announced a new mechanism for examining cases infected with coronavirus disease, a Palestinian Health Ministry official said.

"The new mechanism includes showing the results of the examination whether it is from coronavirus or seasonal flu simultaneously," Kamal al-Shakhra, spokesman of the ministry in the West Bank, told reporters. Enditem

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