Wed, 23 Sep 2020

TEHRAN -- Iran recorded 2,510 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 333,699 on Wednesday.

The death toll from the virus in the country rose to 18,988 after 188 new deaths were added overnight, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the health ministry, announced during her daily update. (Iran-COVID-19)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon on Wednesday received more donations from foreign countries after last week's huge explosions that rocked the capital Beirut.

It has received tons of medical equipment and food products from Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Oman and Kuwait. (Lebanon-Blasts)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Wednesday said it is ready to face a new wave of COVID-19 as it is increasing the capacity of hospitals, while the ministry reported 3,441 new cases in the day, bringing the total nationwide infections to 160,436.

"The work is underway to add more than 2,000 beds in hospitals, and now we have wards equipped with all the necessary devices to receive COVID-19 patients," the Deputy Health Minister Hazim al-Jumaili told the official Iraqi News Agency (INA). (Iraq-COVID-19)

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had a brief drop in blood pressure while delivering a speech to Syrian parliamentarians on Wednesday, the presidential media office said.

The president interrupted the speech for a few minutes as a result of a brief drop in blood pressure, said the office, adding that Assad continued the speech normally afterward. (Syria-President)

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