Roundup: Iran's industry minister infected with COVID-19 as death toll over 63,000; Morocco's total COVID-19 infections nears half mln

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CAIRO, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Minister of Industry, Trade, and Commerce Ali Reza Razm-Hosseini has been infected on Sunday with COVID-19 as the country registered 11,680 daily increase, prompting the fear of the advent of the fourth wave of the pandemic. Meanwhile, Morocco reports 365 new cases, bringing the coronavirus tally to 498,197.

Razm-Hosseini was expected to attend a meeting of the Iranian parliament's Economic Committee, but was absent due to his infection, said the spokesman of the committee Mehdi Toghyani, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The same day, Sima Sadat Lari, spokesperson for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that 161 deaths from the coronavirus were registered in the past 24 hours in the country, taking the death toll in Iran to 63,160, according to the ministry's official website.

She said that 11,680 new COVID-19 cases were detected, raising the country's overall count to 1,932,074.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the fourth wave of COVID-19 resurgence has been registered in two provinces. "If people in other provinces do not honor (health guidelines), they may experience the fourth wave as well," the Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Rouhani as saying.

In Morocco, the COVID-19 tally rose to 498,197 on Sunday as 365 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours. The COVID-19 fatality rate in Morocco stands at 1.8 percent while the recovery rate is 97.3 percent.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, the death toll rose to 8,850 with 8 new fatalities during the last 24 hours, while 435 people are in intensive care units.

The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Morocco increased to 484,921 after 128 new ones were added, the statement said.

Israel's Ministry of Health reported 140 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 834,210.

The death toll from the virus rose by seven to 6,243, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 351 to 344, out of the 513 hospitalized patients.

The total recoveries in Israel rose to 822,615 with 867 newly recovered cases, while the number of active cases decreased to 5,352.

The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Israel surpassed 5.26 million, or 56.6 percent of its total population, after the vaccination campaign began on Dec. 20, 2020.

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry reported on Sunday 1,203 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 237,192.

The ministry also announced 14 more fatalities, taking the death toll to 1,353, while the tally of recoveries rose by 1,422 to 221,943. A total of 13,896 coronavirus patients are receiving treatment, including 224 in the intensive care units.

The Kuwaiti government has decided to further shorten the curfew by one hour to last from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, and allow walk inside residential areas from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. from April 8 to April 22.

Lebanon registered on Sunday 2,388 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 479,501, the Health Ministry reported, adding that the death toll from the virus increased by 30 to 6,409.

Also on Sunday, the Iraqi Ministry of Health reported 5,368 new coronavirus cases, raising the total nationwide infections to 873,568.

It also reported 33 new deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 14,463, while the total recoveries in Iraq climbed by 5,303 to 778,535.

It said that 8,530 people were vaccinated during the past 24 hours across the country, bringing the total number of doses received to 93,021.

The Qatari Health Ministry on Sunday announced 876 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 183,424, adding that 481 more recovered from the virus, which brings the overall recoveries to 165,952.The fatalities increased by two to 303.

The Omani Health Ministry on Sunday announced 3,139 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the sultanate to 163,157.

Meanwhile, 2,038 people recovered during the past 72 hours, taking the overall recoveries to 146,677 while 31 deaths were reported, pushing the death toll up to 1,712. Enditem

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