Turkey's COVID-19 cases rise to 135,569, as Iran's tally hits 104,691


People strolls at Eminonu, in Istanbul, on May 5, 2020, Turkey will relax confinement rules of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus on people aged 65 and over, on May 4, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

CAIRO, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Friday confirmed 1,848 new COVID-19 cases, bring the total number to 135,569, while Iran's total number of infections increased to 104,691.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Turkey surged to 3,689 after 48 new fatalities were added in the past 24 hours, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding 86,396 patients have recovered in the country.

The Iranian health ministry on Friday reported 1,556 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 104,691 in the country.

In addition, 55 new death cases were registered overnight in Iran, bringing the total number of the deaths from COVID-19 to 6,541, said Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

Jahanpur said 83,837 patients have recovered and left hospitals, with 2,711 still in critical condition.

In Saudi Arabia, 1,701 new cases of coronavirus and 10 new deaths were announced, raising the total number of the confirmed cases to 35,432 and the death toll to 229.

The kingdom also reported 1,322 more recovered patients, taking the recoveries to 9,120.

The Qatari health ministry on Friday announced 1,311 new infections of the novel coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 20,201.

In Israel, the total number of COVID-19 cases increased to 16,436, with 55 new ones added since Thursday evening.

The Israeli health ministry said the active coronavirus cases in the country dropped by 306 on Friday to 4,962.

This is the first time that the number of active cases in Israel has dropped below 5,000 since March 30, during which the highest number of active cases hit 9,808 on April 15.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday announced 553 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 16,793.

A total of 265 more patients have fully recovered from the virus, taking the tally of the UAE's recoveries to 3,837.

Kuwait on Friday reported 641 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths, bringing the total infections in the country to 7,208 and the death toll to 47, the health ministry said in a statement.

Egypt on Friday confirmed a record 495 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total number of infections in the North African country to 8,476.

Meanwhile, 21 fatalities were recorded, bringing the death toll in the country to 503.

In Morocco, three more people died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 186 since the start of the outbreak on March 2.

Mohamed El Youbi, director of epidemiology at the ministry, also reported 163 new infections, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases to 5,711.

An Algerian health official said the country's COVID-19 cases surged to 5,369 after 187 new ones were added in the past 24 hours.

The Omani health ministry announced on Friday 154 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 3,112.

The Iraqi health ministry said on Friday that 2,603 COVID-19 cases and 104 deaths recorded in the country.

The Iraqi authorities have taken measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. In April, the Iraqi authorities decided to partially lift the curfew from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between April 21 and May 22 except for Friday and Saturday, which covers most of the holy month of Ramadan starting April 24.

In Sudan, 180 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the tally to 1,111, while the deaths increased by seven to 59.

Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections increased by 12 to 796 on Friday, while the death toll remained at 25.

Yemeni pro-government health authorities on Friday reported nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the war-ravaged Arab country to 35.