Roundup: Iran's total COVID-19 cases rise to 386,658; Morocco reports highest 2,234 daily cases

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CAIRO, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Iran's total number of COVID-19 infections rose to 386,658 on Sunday, after an overnight registration of 1,992 cases. Meanwhile, Morocco reported the biggest single-day increase of 2,234 infections.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that 139 people died in Iran from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

The figure took the death toll of the virus to 22,293 in Iran. The number of daily deaths had been declining for several weeks to a minimum of 101 on Sept. 1.

Meanwhile, 333,900 people have so far recovered and been discharged from hospitals while 3,722 remain in critical condition in intensive care units, said the spokeswoman.

Morocco reported 2,234 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single-day increase so far, taking the number of infections in the country since March 2 to 72,394.

The total recoveries increased by 1,345 to 55,274, while the death toll rose by 32 to 1,361 in the past 24 hours, said the ministry of health in a statement.

Saudi Arabia announced 756 new cases and 32 more deaths, raising the tally of confirmed infections to 320,688 and the death toll to 4,081.

The kingdom also reported 895 more recovered patients, taking the total recoveries to 296,737.

The Iraqi health ministry reported 3,651 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 260,370.

It also reported 90 deaths during the day, raising the death toll to 7,512, while 3,301 more patients recovered in the day, bringing the total number of recoveries to 198,560.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi said in a press release that Iraq will be one of the first countries to import the vaccine if approved by the World Health Organization.

Turkey confirmed 1,578 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total diagnosed patients to 279,806, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.

Meanwhile, 53 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 6,673.

A total of 1,013 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total recoveries to 251,105 in Turkey since the outbreak.

The Qatari health ministry announced 231 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total confirmed number in the Gulf state to 120,095.

Meanwhile, 218 more recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 116,998, while one more fatality was reported, raising the death toll to 203.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 513 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 73,984.

Meanwhile, 2,443 more patients have recovered from the virus, taking the tally of recoveries in the UAE to 66,095, UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention said.

Kuwait reported 619 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 89,582 and the death toll to 544, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also announced the recovery of 618 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 80,521.

The Omani health ministry announced 692 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the sultanate to 87,072.

Meanwhile, 579 people recovered during the past 24 hours, taking the overall number of recoveries to 82,406, while 23 new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 728.

Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections increased by 415 cases to 20,426 while the death toll went up by four to 191, the Health Ministry reported.

Parliament member Mohammad Kabbara said 20 percent of the people infected with the virus are in Tripoli, urging people in the Lebanese city to take proper precautionary measures.

Kabbara also urged caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hassan to secure COVID-19 tests and needed equipment for public and private hospitals in the city.

Jordan reported 58 new coronavirus cases, including 53 local infections, raising the caseload to 2,411 including 16 deaths.

King Abdullah II of Jordan said the COVID-19 crisis represents an opportunity to promote self-reliance and develop local industries despite the challenges it has posed.

At a meeting with key local figures, the Jordanian king highlighted the value of public awareness and cooperation since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to a Royal Court statement.

Palestine reported four new fatalities from the coronavirus, raising the death toll in the Palestinian territories to 203.

It recorded 762 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number to 34,012 including 22,927 recoveries since the outbreak in March.

The National Center for Disease Control of Libya reported 655 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number in Libya to 17,749, including 2,081 recoveries and 285 deaths. Enditem

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