Roundup: Iran records over 10k COVID-19 cases for 11 consecutive days; Egypt registers highest daily infections since July

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CAIRO, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iran's daily COVID-19 infections have crossed the 10,000-mark for the 11th day in a row as it reported 13,223 cases on Thursday. Meanwhile, Egypt registered 329 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the highest daily spike since July.

The tally of COVID-19 cases in Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, surged to 815,117, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

Iran's death toll from the COVID-19 infection climbed by 476 to 43,417, while the tally of recoveries rose by 6,721 to 583,704, she said.

Egypt registered late on Wednesday 329 new COVID-19 infections, the highest daily cases since July 31, bringing the total cases in the country to 111,613, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.

Khaled Megahed, the ministry's spokesman, said 14 more patients died from the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll in Egypt to 6,495, while the total recoveries rose by 133 to 101,421.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly warned at a virtual cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the second wave of the pandemic currently striking several countries globally is more widespread and dangerous than the first one.

He reiterated the importance of abiding by the preventative measures at the workplaces, adding that Egypt should avoid slipping into the risky curve.

The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Thursday 2,374 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide infections to 529,226.

The ministry also confirmed 39 new deaths and 2,314 more recovered cases, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 11,834 and the total recoveries to 457,490.

Turkey reported 4,542 new COVID-19 patients on Thursday, raising the total coronavirus infections in the country to 430,170, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.

It also confirmed that 123 more people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in Turkey to 11,943, while the tally of recoveries increased by 2,918 to 364,573.

Saudi Arabia reported 319 new coronavirus infections and 19 more deaths from the virus, raising the tally of COVID-19 cases in the kingdom to 354,527 and the death toll to 5,729.

The total number of recoveries in the kingdom rose by 441 to 341,956, the Saudi Health Ministry said.

Morocco reported 4,559 new COVID-19 cases, taking the number of infections in the country since March 2 to 311,554.

The total number of recoveries in Morocco increased to 257,992 after 4,641 new ones were added, while the death toll rose by 77 to 5,090.

Jordan confirmed 5,469 new COVID-19 cases and 84 more deaths, taking the tally of infections in the kingdom to 169,395 and the death toll to 2,053. A total of 462 patients were treated in the intensive care units in Jordan.

Israel's Ministry of Health reported 718 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 327,049.

The death toll in Israel rose by three to 2,742, while the number of patients in serious condition increased from 309 to 315, out of 541 patients currently hospitalized.

Earlier on Thursday, Israel's Corona Cabinet approved the reopening of zoos across the country, as part of its plan to ease the ongoing nationwide lockdown.

Lebanon recorded 1,909 new COVID-19 infections and 16 more deaths on Thursday, pushing the tally of COVID-19 cases in Lebanon to 111,946 and the death toll to 868.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported 1,153 new COVID-19 cases and two more fatalities, taking the total infections in the UAE to 155,254 and the total deaths to 544. Currently, no critical COVID-19 case was reported in the UAE.

Kuwait reported 485 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 138,822 and the death toll to 859 in the country.

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry also announced the recovery of 587 more patients, taking the total recoveries in the country to 130,426.

In Oman, the health ministry announced 231 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Sultanate to 121,360.

The total recoveries in Oman increased by 392 to 112,406, while the death toll rose by five to 1,365, the ministry said.

In Qatar, the health ministry announced 208 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 136,649, while the death toll remained unchanged at 235 for four consecutive days as no new death was recorded. Enditem

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