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Iran’s COVID-19 cases near 510,000; Jordan, Libya see new records in daily infections

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CAIRO, Oct. 13 : Iran’s total number of COVID-19 cases rose by 4,108 to 508,389 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, both Jordan and Libya set new records in daily coronavirus infections amid continuing pandemic resurgence.

The pandemic has so far claimed 29,070 lives in Iran, up by 254 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

A total of 411,840 people in Iran have recovered from the infectious disease so far, while 4,570 others remained in intensive care units, she added.

Jordan on Tuesday reported 2,054 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily spike in the country so far, raising the tally of infections in the kingdom to 28,127.

The Jordanian Health Ministry reported 18 new deaths from the infectious disease and 142 more recoveries, taking the death toll to 225 and the total recoveries to 6,361.

Jordan will continue a comprehensive curfew on the upcoming weekends. Minister of State for Media Affairs Ali Al-Ayed, who is also the government spokesperson, said that the 48-hour curfew would start on Friday at 1 a.m. local time (2200 GMT on Thursday).

In Libya, the National Center for Disease Control of Libya confirmed 1,164 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily rise in the country so far, taking the tally of infections to 44,985.

The center said 541 more patients recovered while 12 others died from the disease, raising the total recoveries to 25,007 and the death toll to 656.

Iraq reported 3,921 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide infections to 409,358, while the death toll surged by 58 to 9,970.

The Iraqi Health Ministry said that 4,158 more patients recovered in the day, bringing the total recoveries in Iraq to 344,208.

Iraqi Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi presented a detailed report to the weekly cabinet meeting on the latest developments in the pandemic in Iraq, including the efforts to provide necessary treatments and health supplies to all hospitals.

Turkey’s Health Ministry reported 1,632 new COVID-19 cases and 63 more deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of infections to 338,779 and the death toll to 8,957.

A total of 1,314 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total recoveries to 296,972 in Turkey since the outbreak in March.

Israel confirmed 2,621 new coronavirus cases and 34 more deaths, pushing the tally of infections to 296,652 and the death toll to 2,055. The total number of recoveries in Israel rose to 245,811 after 7,130 more patients recovered from the disease.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israel’s Corona Cabinet decided to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown until Sunday at midnight.

In Morocco, 3,185 new COVID-19 cases and 49 more fatalities were reported, raising the total infections in the country to 156,946 and the death toll to 2,685.

The number of recoveries from the coronavirus in Morocco increased to 131,462 after 1,964 more recoveries were added, the Moroccan Health Ministry said.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 1,315 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 108,608 and the death toll to 448. The tally of recoveries in the UAE rose by 1,452 to 100,007.

In Lebanon, the tally of COVID-19 cases increased on Tuesday by 1,245 to 55,869, while the death toll went up by 13 to 479.

The Qatari Health Ministry reported 214 new COVID-19 infections and 197 more recoveries, raising the total confirmed cases to 128,405 and tally of recoveries to 125,373.

The death toll in Qatar remained unchanged at 220 for the third day running as no new death was added, according to a ministry statement.

In Kuwait, 844 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths were recorded, raising the tally of infections to 112,737 and the death toll to 672.

Currently, 7,557 patients are receiving treatment in Kuwait, while the total number of recoveries rose by 706 to 104,508.

Oman recorded 638 new COVID-19 infections and seven more fatalities, raising the total confirmed cases to 107,213 and the death toll to 1,053. The tally of recoveries in Oman rose to 93,557, up by 335 during the past 24 hours.

Palestine reported 516 new COVID-19 cases and four more fatalities from the coronavirus, bringing the total infections in the Palestinian territories to 56,467 and the death count to 459.

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Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake Hits Russia-Mongolia Border Region

The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers

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AN earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck the Russia-Mongolia Border Region on Tuesday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers, it added.

The epicenter of the earthquake was registered 277 kilometers southwest of the city of Angarsk, in the Russian Irkutsk region, and 30 kilometers from the Mongolian city of Turt, Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik reported. https://bit.ly/2XtgrJs

There were no immediate reports of damage or victims, the report said.

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Human body parts retrieved from Indonesian plane crash site

The body parts will be handed to the police’s DVI (disaster victims identification) unit for identification and the debris would be sent to the National Transport Safety Committee for analysis, according to the agency.

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Jakarta, Jan 10 : Five bags of human body parts and three bags of debris were collected by search and rescue officials on Sunday from the waters off the Indonesian capital of Jakarta where a Sriwijaya Air plane crashed the previous day shortly after take-off

“We received three bags containing the debris of the plane and five bags of human body parts,” Operation Director of the National Search and Rescue Agency Rasman M.S. said.

Read : Indonesian airliner crashes into waters off Jakarta with 62 aboard, including 10 children

All the eight bags were carried by the navy’s KRI Kurau ship, according to the director.

This has brought the total body parts discovered by the rescuers to seven, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Boeing 737-500 aircraft, flying from the capital Jakarta to Pontianak city in West Kalimantan province on Saturday afternoon, crashed into the Java Sea off the Seribu District in north of Jakarta, reports Xinhua news agency.

It was carrying 50 passengers, including 10 children and 12 crew members.

The body parts will be handed to the police’s DVI (disaster victims identification) unit for identification and the debris would be sent to the National Transport Safety Committee for analysis, according to the agency.

A total of 362 rescuers with 38 ships, some of them equipped with multi-beam echo-sounders and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) to detect objects underwater, were currently searching for the victims and the wreckage of the budget airline plane.

Earlier in the day, Indonesian military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said naval ship KRI Rigela equipped with a remote-operated vehicle, which arrived at the search location at 3 a.m., detected the signal possibly from the aircraft.

“Based on the results of monitoring, and according to the coordinates given from the last contact, it is strongly suspected that there was a signal from the plane,” he said.

President Joko Widodo on Sunday expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, saying at a press conference: “I am on behalf of the government and all the Indonesian people to express my deep condolences over this tragedy.”

The last plane crash in Indonesia took place in October 2018 when a Lion Air flight plunged into the sea about 12 minutes after take-off from Jakarta.

A total of 189 people died in that crash.

It was one of two crashes that led regulators to pull the Boeing 737 Max from service all across the world.

In December 2014, an AirAsia plane crashed into sea en route from Indonesia’s second biggest city Surabaya to Singapore, killing all 162 people aboard.

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Bird flu confirmed in 7 states, test reports from elsewhere awaited

Central teams deployed to visit the affected states in Kerala, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for monitoring and for epidemiological investigation have reached their destinations

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New Delhi: Bird flu has been confirmed in seven states of the country so far, namely Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, while test reports of unsual death of birds received from Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Delhi are awaited, the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said on Saturday.

As per a statement issued by the ministry, after confirmation of avian influenza (AI) positive samples by the ICAR-NIHSAD from two poultry farms in Panchkula district in Haryana, positive cases of bird flu in migratory birds were reported in Shivpuri, Rajgarh, Shajapur, Agar and Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh, the zoological park in Kanpur, and Pratapgarh and Dausa districts of Rajasthan.

The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAH&D) has issued an advisory to the affected states so as to avoid further spread of the disease.

Reports of unusual mortality of birds in the past two days have also been received from Balod district in Chhattisgarh. The state has constituted RRT teams for emergency situation and has also sent the samples for testing to the designated laboratory.

Further, reports of unusual mortality in ducks have been received from Sanjay Lake in Delhi. The samples have been sent to the designated laboratory for testing. Samples of dead crows have also been sent to NIHSAD from Mumbai, Thane, Dapoli, Parbhani and Beed districts of Maharashtra for confirmation of AI.

Meanwhile culling operations have been completed in both the affected districts of Kerala and post-operational surveillance programme guidelines have been issued to the state.

Central teams deployed to visit the affected states in Kerala, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for monitoring and for epidemiological investigation have reached their destinations, the DAH&D said.

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