WORLD Turkey's COVID-19 cases near 260,000; Tally in Kuwait exceeds 80,000

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Turkey's COVID-19 cases near 260,000; Tally in Kuwait exceeds 80,000

Xinhua

07:07, August 24, 2020

CAIRO, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- The number of COVID-19 in Turkey is nudging 260,000 as Kuwait saw its confirmed cases over 80,000 on Sunday.

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Turkey's COVID-19 cases increased by 1,217 to 258,249. Meanwhile, 19 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 6,121.

A total of 795 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total recoveries to 237,165 in Turkey.

Kuwait reported 571 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 80,528 and the death toll to 515, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 7,706 patients are receiving treatment, including 97 in ICU, according to the statement.

The ministry also announced the recovery of 537 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 72,307.

The Kuwaiti government decided on Thursday evening to lift a countrywide partial curfew as of Aug. 30.

Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East region, reported 2,113 new cases, taking the total number of infections to 358,905.

The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 20,643 in Iran, up by 141 in the past 24 hours. A total of 309,464 coronavirus patients have recovered, with 3,841 still in critical condition.

The Iraqi Health Ministry on Sunday reported 3,291 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 204,341.

In a statement, it also reported 75 fatalities during the day, raising the death toll to 6,428, while 3,016 more patients recovered in the day, bringing the total number of recoveries to 146,409.

The cumulative number of Israeli coronavirus cases reached 102,663 after 730 new ones were added, the Ministry of Health said.

The death toll rose to 834 with 15 new fatalities, while the number of recoveries grew to 79,514 with 863 new recoveries, while the number of active cases dropped to 22,315.

The Qatari health ministry announced 243 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 117,008.

Meanwhile, 277 more recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 113,808, while no new death was reported as the fatalities remained 193.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday announced 390 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 67,007.

The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention said 80 more patients have recovered from the virus, taking the tally of recoveries in the UAE to 58,488.

It also confirmed three more deaths, pushing the country's death toll to 375.

Jordan reported a new death case from novel coronavirus, increasing the overall number of deaths in the country to 12.

It said 33 new COVID-19 cases, including 29 local infections, were registered in the country, increasing the tally to 1,609.

Fifty-two recoveries were registered during the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of coronavirus tests in Jordan to 745,100.

Palestine recorded 326 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in its territories to 25,035.

Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said in a press statement that four fatalities were reported in the West Bank, bringing the death toll to 144.

The Syrian health ministry said 74 new cases were recorded on Sunday, bringing the overall confirmed infections in government-controlled areas to 2,217, including 505 recoveries and 89 deaths.

The Syrian interior ministry has urged Syrians abroad who want to return home to contact the Syrian embassies and register their names.

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