Sun, 25 Oct 2020

BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi health authorities on Saturday announced new decisions against the spread of the coronavirus as the total nationwide infections have reached 315,597, state-run al-Iraqiya channel reported.

The first decision is to stop receiving foreign visitors arriving for religious events in Iraq, including the major ritual of the upcoming Arbaeen, according to the Iraqi Higher Committee for Health and National Safety, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. (Iraq-Coronavirus-New Decisions)

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TEHRAN -- The novel coronavirus pandemic has claimed 24,118 lives in Iran as of Saturday, up by 166 new death cases overnight, Iran's health ministry said.

Iran's confirmed cases of the disease rose to 419,043 on Saturday, with registered 2,845 new patients in the past 24 hours, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing. (Iran-COVID-19)

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BEIRUT -- The Lebanese army announced on Saturday that nine people remain missing in the huge explosions that rocked Beirut on Aug. 9, LBCI TV channel reported.

Search is still going on for the seven Lebanese and two Syrian people, the army said. (Lebanon-Beirut Explosions-Missing People)

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CAIRO -- Egypt confirmed on Friday night 131 new COVID-19 cases, raising the country's total infections to 101,772, said its Health Ministry.

In a statement, the ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed said 18 patients died from the disease in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,733. (Egypt-COVID-19)

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