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.