CAIRO, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The novel coronavirus pandemic has claimed 24,118 lives in Iran as of Saturday, up by 166 new death cases overnight. Meanwhile, Israel reported a record daily rise in COVID-19 fatalities.
Iran's confirmed cases of the disease rose to 419,043, with registered 2,845 new patients in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.
So far, 357,632 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals while 3,893 remain in intensive care units.
The Israeli Ministry of Health reported 30 new COVID-19 death cases, bringing the total fatalities to 1,226.
This is the highest daily rise in death cases since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February, as the previous record was 27, registered on Friday.
The COVID-19 cases in Israel rose by 4,531 within one day to a total of 183,602.
The number of patients in serious condition increased from 581 to a record high of 604, out of 1,244 patients currently hospitalized.
The number of recoveries reached 132,449, with 2,425 new recoveries, while active cases currently stand at 49,927.
On Friday, a full nationwide lockdown, aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, took effect in Israel.
Saudi Arabia announced 551 new cases and 28 more deaths, raising the tally of confirmed cases to 329,271 and the death toll to 4,458.
The kingdom also reported 1,078 more recovered patients, taking the total recoveries to 309,430.
Turkey confirmed 1,538 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total diagnosed patients to 301,348, the Turkish Health Ministry announced. While 68 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,445.
A total of 1,312 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total recoveries to 266,117 in Turkey since the outbreak.
The rate of pneumonia in COVID-19 patients is 7 percent and the number of seriously ill patients is 1,432.
The Iraqi Health Ministry reported 3,907 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of infections in the country to 315,597.
The ministry also confirmed 83 new fatalities from the infectious disease, taking the death toll to 8,491, while 4,234 more patients recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 249,539.
In an effort to combat the pandemic, the Iraqi Higher Committee for Health and National Safety decided to stop receiving foreign visitors arriving for religious events in Iraq, including the major ritual of the upcoming Arbaeen, according to
It also decided to reopen mosques and amusement parks on condition that health prevention measures are strictly followed and social distancing rules maintained.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 809 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 84,242. It also confirmed one more death, pushing the country's death toll to 404.
At the same time, 722 more patients have recovered from the virus, taking the tally of recoveries in the UAE to 73,512, UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention said.
Morocco reported 2,552 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections in the country to 99,816.
The death toll rose by 40 to 1,795, while 274 patients are in intensive care units, said the Moroccan Ministry of Health in a press release. The number of recoveries from the coronavirus in Morocco increased to 79,008 after 2,318 more cases were added.
The Qatari health ministry announced 229 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number in the Gulf state to 123,146.
Also, 267 more recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 120,089, while the death toll remained at 209.
Kuwait reported 521 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, raising the tally of infections to 99,049 and the death toll to 581, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry also announced the recovery of 722 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 89,498.
The National Center for Disease Control of Libya reported 796 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Libya to 27,234, including 14,679 recoveries and 436 deaths, the center said.
Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections increased by 779 to 28,297, while the death toll went up by five to 286.
Director General of Rafic Hariri University Hospital Firas Abiad warned that the daily increase in COVID-19 cases has been alarming, as Lebanon can only provide 60 beds in emergency rooms at hospitals for the time being.
Palestine reported 726 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally of infections in the Palestinian territories to 44,763, including 31,238 recoveries and 291 deaths. Enditem