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Iran records highest daily deaths from COVID-19 as Iraq’s death toll surpasses 10,000

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CAIRO, Oct. 14 : Iran recorded on Wednesday 279 deaths related to COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, the highest daily fatalities in the country, raising the death toll to 29,349. Meanwhile, the total number of deaths from the virus in Iraq exceeded 10,000.

Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East region, reported 4,830 new cases, bringing the tally of infections to 513,219. The new 279 deaths took the overall death toll of the pandemic in Iran to 29,349, while a total of 414,831 coronavirus patients have recovered.

In the meantime, 3,857 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Iraq during the past 24 hours, bringing the total nationwide infections to 413,215.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Iraq rose to 10,021 after 51 fatalities were added, while the total recoveries increased to 347,396 as 3,188 more patients recovered.

Sayf al-Badr, Iraqi health ministry’s spokesman, said in a press release that the number of influenza infections will increase when the temperatures decrease in autumn, which will lead to more suspicions of being infected with COVID-19 due to the similarities of symptoms between the two viruses.

Saudi Arabia announced 501 new cases and 21 more deaths, raising the tally of confirmed cases to 340,590 and the death toll to 5,180.

The kingdom also reported 481 more recovered patients, taking the total recoveries to 326,820.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey climbed by 1,671 to 340,450, Turkish Health Ministry announced.

The death toll from the coronavirus in the country rose to 9,014 after 57 new fatalities were added in the past 24 hours, and the total recoveries increased to 298,368 with 1,396 more recovered.

More than 40,000 healthcare professionals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Turkey since the pandemic outbreak, while the number of the medical staff who lost their lives from the infection has reached 107, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on the same day.

In Morocco, the tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 160,333 after 3,387 new cases were added, which included 2,726 fatalities and 133,959 recoveries, while 525 patients remained in the intensive care units.

In Qatar, 198 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected, increasing the total number to 128,603, including 220 deaths and 125,584 recoveries.

Kuwait reported 532 new cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 113,269, of whom 676 have died and 105,236 recovered.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 1,431 new cases, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 110,039.

The tally of recoveries in the UAE rose to 101,659 after 1,652 more patients have recovered from the virus and the death toll reached 450 with two more deaths.

Oman’s Ministry of Health announced 563 new cases of infections, raising the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 107,776, including 1,061 deaths and 93,908 recoveries.

Palestine reported 532 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally of infections in the Palestinian territories to 56,999, including 49,934 recoveries and 463 deaths.

In Lebanon, 20 new deaths from COVID-19 were recorded, the highest daily increase in fatalities in the country, taking the death toll to 499, while the total number of infections went up by 1,377 to 57,246, the Health Ministry reported.

Algeria’s tally of coronavirus infections rose to 53,584 after 185 new cases were added with 1,827 deaths and 37,603 recoveries.

Libya on Wednesday said that 836 new coronavirus infections were registered in the previous day, increasing the tally of cases in the country to 45,821, while the death toll rose by 13 to 669 and the recovered cases went up by 294 to 25,301.

In Jordan, 2,423 new COVID-19 cases and 32 more deaths were recorded, increasing the tally of cases to 30,550 and the death toll to 257. The country’s total recoveries from the virus increased by 105 to 6,466.

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US sets record with 225,201 single-day Covid-19 cases

The country on Wednesday had set a world record of single-day case count, as 196,227 new cases were reported and hospitalizations exceeded 100,000 for the first time.

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Washington, Dec 5 : Setting a new grim record, the US reported 225,201 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic in the country, currently the worst-hit in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The new figure on Friday increased the overall caseload to 14,343,430, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update on Saturday.

In the same period, the country also reported 2,506 new fatalities, which increased the total coronavirus death toll to 278,605, according to the CSSE.

The two tallies are the highest in the world.

The country on Wednesday had set a world record of single-day case count, as 196,227 new cases were reported and hospitalizations exceeded 100,000 for the first time.

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Kerala on high alert for Cyclone Burevi: Vijayan

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 2 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that the state is on a high alert in view of Cyclone Burevi.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi called to find out about the state’s preparedness. We informed him that all possible steps have been taken… we are waiting for more weather updates and accordingly the necessary action would be taken,” he said.

Vijayan said that according to the present updates, it is expected to enter Kerala by Friday noon.

“Districts like Thiruvananthapuruam, Kollam, Pathanamthittta, Kottayam, Alappuzha Ernakulam and Idukki districts could have the impact of very heavy rains besides heavy winds also. People should not venture out at all. The seas also would turn very rough. Winds with speed ranging from 30 kms to 60 kms are also expected,” he added.

Vijayan said that eight teams of the National Disaster Rescue Force have already arrived, besides the Air Force base at Sulu, near Kovai is already on high alert, while the Indian Navy also is ready.

“In case of a need, we have identified 2,849 relief camps and by now 13 are already functional. If the situation warrants, depending on the weather updates, people will be evacuated. All the district authorities have been told to take appropriate action depending on the needs and none need to wait for clearance. The ongoing Sabarimala pilgrimage will be regulated, if a situation arises,” he said.

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Amid cyclones, Andhra Police lends hand to disaster management

Policemen also took boats from the Fisheries Department to reach out to stranded people and also engaged the local revenue officials to supply food.

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Amaravati: In the recent heavy rains, floods and very severe cyclonic storm Nivar, Andhra Pradesh Police was on the forefront to save lives, feed stranded people and bring order amid the chaos, officers said.

The state witnessed torrential downpours in October and November powered by back-to-back cyclones, resulting in almost all the water bodies overflowing, causing much trouble to the common man and farmers alike.

Amidst these conditions, police personnel from constables to Superintendents of Police were working round the clock to help people.

“We had deployed almost 1,500 people from the district force for cyclone duties. We also got one platoon of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). We were deployed continuously for almost 72 hours,” Prakasam’s Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal told IANS.

Amid incessant rain, policemen were deployed at all spots where the streams and water bodies were overflowing, at coastal villages, and to assist the district administration in evacuation.

“We assisted district administration in crowd control. At least 10 rescue operations were carried out in the district to save lives,” said Kaushal.

The SP said a special control and command post, equipped with radio communication, was set up in case mobile phones stopped working.

“Even till today (Monday) morning, we had deployed police in some places, preventing vehicles going in certain roads which were still under water,” he said.

Policemen also took boats from the Fisheries Department to reach out to stranded people and also engaged the local revenue officials to supply food.

In Nellore district, which bore the brunt of Nivar, along with Chittoor and Kadapa, three policemen carried a two-month-old baby to safety in Nellore town.

Policemen manned the Midatalavagu, a water body in spate near Kondapuram village to secure people and their movement.

They also monitored the rainwater inflows and outflows at Somasila dam where three gates were opened.

On National Highway 16 (NH 16), near Janardhan Reddy colony in Nellore, police supervised repairs to the road to prevent disruption of vehicle movement.

In similar fashion, police have also enabled the repair of a damaged bridge near Baghat Singh colony on NH 16 and also cleared many trees which were uprooted.

They also rescued two farmers from the middle of a raging water body after they were stuck there.

Not just the elements, police were also compelled to battle rumours.

On Monday, a Nellore district police official busted some rumours circulating claiming that the Kundaleru dam was breached.

–IANS

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