Roundup: Israel's total COVID-19 cases surpass 500,000; Lebanon's daily coronavirus deaths hit new record

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CAIRO, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Israel reported 9,242 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, pushing its total infections to cross the 500,000-mark. Meanwhile, the daily COVID-19 death toll in Lebanon hit a new record with 76 fatalities.

The total number of COVID-19 infections rose to 508,604, while its death toll climbed to 3,756 with the addition of 61 more fatalities, the Israeli health ministry said.

The number of patients in serious condition increased from 1,065 to 1,072, out of 1,738 hospitalized patients, while its total recoveries soared to 429,440 after 5,330 new recovered cases were added.

Lebanon registered on Tuesday 76 new deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily record, which raised its total coronavirus death toll to 1,705.

The Lebanese Health Ministry reported that the number of COVID-19 infections in Lebanon increased by 4,557 to 226,948, while its total recoveries climbed by 1,141 to 144,857.

Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, announced 9,809 new coronavirus cases and 171 more fatalities from the virus, raising its tally of infections to 2,346,285 and its death toll to 23,152. The total number of recoveries in Turkey surged by 10,013 to 2,218,464.

Turkey's COVID-19 vaccination program would help the new tourism season to begin in April, Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy announced on Tuesday.

In Iran, 6,408 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, raising the overall count of the country to 1,299,022 infections.

The coronavirus death toll in Iran rose by 98 to 56,360, while the tally of recoveries in the country surged to 1,088,465 after 6,729 more COVID-19 patients recovered.

Iraq's Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday 810 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 604,549.

The ministry also reported five new deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 12,911, and 1,806 more recovered cases, bringing the total recoveries to 560,583.

Morocco reported 801 new COVID-19 cases and 17 more deaths, taking the tally of infections in the kingdom to 453,789 and its death toll to 7,784. The total recoveries in Morocco rose by 1,345 to 427,351.

Jordan recorded 1,176 new COVID-19 cases and 33 more deaths on Tuesday, raising its tally of infections to 309,846 and its death toll to 4,076. The total number of recoveries in the kingdom climbed by 1,674 to 292,104.

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the total COVID-19 infections rose by 3,243 to 236,225, while its death toll climbed to 717 with the addition of six new deaths. The total recoveries in the UAE surged by 2,195 to 210,561.

Tunisia decided on Tuesday evening to impose a general lockdown for four days starting from Jan. 14, to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Tunisian Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi also announced a curfew throughout the country from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. local time (1500 GMT to 1800 GMT). Classes in all schools and training centers will be closed from Wednesday until Jan. 24, while all demonstrations will be suspended.

Tunisia's total COVID-19 cases rose to 162,350, while its deaths toll reached 5,284 as of Monday.

Kuwait's COVID-19 cases increased by 494 to 155,335 on the same day, while its death toll rose by one to 946.

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry also announced the recovery of 202 more patients, taking the total recoveries to 149,575.

The Omani health ministry announced 164 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 130,944.

Oman's total recoveries rose by 163 to 123,187, while its death toll remained unchanged at 1,508 as no new death was reported, according to a ministry statement.

Algeria on Tuesday reported 272 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the North Africa country to 102,641, said the Algerian Ministry of Health in a statement.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Algeria rose to 2,816 after four new fatalities were recorded, while its total recoveries rose by 205 to 69,668. Enditem

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