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Roundup: Turkey’s COVID-19 cases exceed 2.62 mln; Iraq sees new daily record of 4,024 cases

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CAIRO, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — Turkey’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded 2.62 million on Friday, while Iraq reported its highest daily count of coronavirus cases this year.

Turkey reported 7,419 new COVID-19 cases, including 638 symptomatic patients, taking the total number of positive cases in the country to 2,624,019.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 82 to 27,903, while the total recoveries climbed to 2,511,548, according to Turkish Health Ministry.

Turkey started mass COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 14 after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine. More than 5.49 million people have been vaccinated so far in the country.

The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported on Friday 4,024 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily record in 2021, bringing the total nationwide infections to 661,477.

It also reported 12 new deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 13,232, while 1,802 cases recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 614,529.

Sayf al-Badr, spokesman of the ministry, said in a statement that after the end of the current curfew on March 8, the ministry would recommend imposing full curfew in case the infections continue to increase.

He said that the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, will decide whether to impose the full curfew depending on the epidemiological situation.

Al-Badr also said that the new strain of the virus has greater severity and speed of transmission and affects both youths and children, adding that “the vaccines that will arrive at the end of this month and the current treatment protocol are effective.”

The first fully automatic molecular diagnostics laboratory in Iran was inaugurated in capital Tehran with a capacity to process over 10,000 PCR tests per day, local media reported on Friday.

The laboratory has been created by private entrepreneurs with an investment of 2 million U.S. dollars, according to the report.

Also on Friday, Iranian health authorities detected 8,017 new COVID-19 cases, raising the country’s overall count to 1,558,159 so far, said the spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Sima Sadat Lari.

And 77 new deaths related to the coronavirus were registered between Thursday and Friday, raising the death toll in Iran to 59,341, she said.

As of Friday, 1,331,162 COVID-19 patients have recovered or been released from Iranian hospitals, but 3,669 others are still in intensive care units.

Israel’s Ministry of Health reported 2,924 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the tally of confirmed cases in the country to 744,513.

The death toll from the COVID-19 in Israel reached 5,526 after 25 new fatalities were added, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 903 to 872. This is the lowest number of COVID-19 patients in serious condition recorded in Israel since Jan. 4.

The total recoveries in Israel rose to 693,730, with 5,914 newly recovered cases, while the active cases decreased to 45,257, which is the lowest number of active COVID-19 cases in Israel since Jan. 1.

The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Israel has surpassed 4.25 million, or 45.7 percent of the total population, since the vaccination campaign began on Dec. 20, 2020.

Kuwait reported on Friday 976 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 182,460.

The Kuwaiti Health Ministry also announced seven more deaths, taking the death toll to 1,034. The tally of recoveries in Kuwait rose by 920 to 170,326.

According to Kuwait News Agency, 454,522 people in Kuwait have registered to take the COVID-19 vaccine as of Feb. 15, about 137,000 people have taken the vaccine.

Morocco’s COVID-19 tally rose to 480,504 on Friday as 448 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, the death toll mounted to 8,540 as 16 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours. The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Morocco increased to 463,271 after 835 new ones were added.

Meanwhile, 2,357,283 people have been vaccinated so far against COVID-19 in the country.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday recorded 3,140 new COVID-19 cases and 20 more fatalities, raising its tally of infections to 365,017 and its death toll to 1,093. The total number of recoveries in the UAE rose by 4,349 to 351,715.

Algeria on Friday reported 182 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the North African country to 111,600.

The death toll from the virus in Algeria rose to 2,954 after four new fatalities were added. Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries in the country rose to 76,857.

The Qatari health ministry on Friday announced 465 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number in the Gulf state to 159,518. Meanwhile, 289 more recovered from the virus, bringing the overall recoveries to 149,320, while the death toll remained at 256.

Lebanon recorded on Friday 2,255 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 351,048. Meanwhile, the number of deaths from the virus went up by 51 to 4,257. Enditem

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