Roundup: COVID-19 cases in Iran reach 446,448; Israel halts celebration of Jewish festival amid coronavirus resurgence

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CAIRO, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 446,448 in Iran on Sunday. Meanwhile, Israel decided to halt the marking of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, under a nationwide lockdown to fight against the resurgence of the virus.

Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East region, reported 3,362 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 446,448.

The pandemic has so far claimed 25,589 lives in Iran, up by 195 in the past 24 hours. A total of 374,170 coronavirus patients have recovered, with 4,059 still in critical condition.

In the meantime, 3,926 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Israel, taking the tally of coronavirus infections to 231,026.

The death toll of the virus in Israel increased to 1,466 while the recoveries rose to 159,931.

On Sunday afternoon, the country decided to halt the celebration of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, which comes during a three-week nationwide lockdown to curb the renewed coronavirus outbreak.

However, it will be permitted to pray in synagogues during the Jewish festival, which began on Sunday at dusk and will end on Monday at nightfall, for limited prayers with social distancing.

On the same day, 3,481 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Iraq during the past 24 hours, bringing the total nationwide infections to 349,450.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Iraq rose to 8,990 after 55 fatalities were added, while the total recoveries increased to 280,673 as 3,755 more patients recovered.

Saudi Arabia announced 403 new cases and 28 more deaths, raising the tally of confirmed cases to 333,193 and the death toll to 4,683.

The kingdom also reported 600 more recovered patients, taking the total recoveries to 317,005.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey climbed by 1,467 to 314,433, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

The death toll from the coronavirus in the country rose to 7,997 after 68 new fatalities were added in the past 24 hours, Koca said, adding that the total recoveries increased to 275,630.

It is worth noting that two local potential vaccine studies in Turkey for the novel coronavirus have finalized their animal trial phase, Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said on Sunday.

In Qatar, 234 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected, increasing the total number to 125,084, including 214 deaths and 121,995 recoveries.

In Morocco, the tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 117,685 after 2,444 new cases were added, which included 2,096 fatalities and 95,591 recoveries.

Kuwait reported new 345 cases, bringing the country's total number of infections to 103,544, of whom 601 have died and 94,929 recovered.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 851 new cases, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 91,469.

The tally of recoveries in the UAE rose to 80,544 after 868 more patients have recovered from the virus and the death toll reached 412 with one more death.

Algeria on Sunday reported 153 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily increase since June 29, bringing the total tally of infections to 51,067, the Ministry of Health said.

The ministry also announced three new fatalities from coronavirus, raising the death toll in the North African country to 1,714. Meanwhile, 104 more patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 35,860.

Palestine reported 620 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally of infections in the Palestinian territories to 49,192, including 343 deaths.

In Lebanon, the number of COVID-19 infections increased by 1,012 to 36,254, while the death toll went up by seven to 347.

Jordan recorded 431 new infections, taking the tally of cases in the country to 8,492, including 45 deaths and 4,222 recoveries. Enditem

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