Roundup: Iran's COVID-19 cases near 398,000; Morocco reports its highest daily infections

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CAIRO, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- A total of 397,801 positive cases of COVID-19 among the Iranians were reported on Friday, including 2,313 new patients overnight. Meanwhile, Morocco reports biggest single-day rise of 2,430 cases.

During the past 24 hours, 1,253 Iranians were hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing.

The pandemic has so far claimed 22,913 lives in Iran, up by 115 in the past 24 hours, said Lari.

Morocco reported 2,430 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single-day increase so far, taking the number of infections in the country since March 2 to 82,197.

The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Morocco increased to 64,194 after 2,344 new ones were added, the ministry of health said in a statement. The death toll rose to 1,524 with 33 new fatalities, while 252 people are in intensive care units.

Saudi Arabia reported 687 more COVID-19 cases and 24 new deaths from the virus, taking the total infections in the kingdom to 324,407 and the death toll to 4,213.

The total number of recoveries in Saudi Arabia rose to 300,933 after 935 more patients recovered from the disease. There are currently 19,261 active COVID-19 cases, including 1,368 in critical condition.

The Iraqi health ministry reported 4,254 new COVID-19, bringing the total nationwide infections to 282,672.

The ministry also reported 67 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 7,881 in the country. It also said that 3,579 more patients recovered in the day, bringing the total number of recoveries to 217,396.

Turkey confirmed 1,671 new COVID-119 cases, raising the total number of diagnosed patients in the country to 288,126, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.

Meanwhile, 56 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 6,951, according to the data shared by the ministry. The total recoveries rose to 256,524 in Turkey since the outbreak.

Turkey on Friday imposed mandatory quarantine in dormitories and hostels for COVID-19 patients who violate home-based self-isolation measures.

It will also apply to those who do not have conditions for quarantine, according to a circular issued by the Turkish interior ministry.

Israel's Ministry of Health reported 3,038 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 148,564. The death toll rose to 1,090, with 13 new fatalities.

The number of recoveries rose to 111,728, with 1,786 new ones, while the number of active cases increased to 35,740.

Israel plans to shut down its skies for international flights as part of a full nationwide closure starting next week, reported Hebrew-language news website "Ynet" on Friday.

The report quoted a senior official in the Ministry of Health, saying that "the closure means that there is no entry to Israel and no exit."

Kuwait reported 653 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, raising the tally of infections to 93,475 and the death toll to 557, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also announced the recovery of 620 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 83,660.

The Qatari health minister announced 235 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 121,287.

Meanwhile, 221 more recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 118,199, while the fatalities remained 205 as no new deaths were reported for the fourth consecutive day.

Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections increased by 546 to 22,983, while the death toll went up by 10 to 229, the Health Ministry reported.

The Lebanese Health Ministry has previously announced that it lost control over the virus while urging people to take proper precautionary measures to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Tunisia confirmed 377 new COVID-19 infections, raising the tally of cases to 6,259, including 103 deaths and 1,956 recoveries.

Algeria reported 264 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 47,752 and the death toll rose to 1,599. Enditem

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