CAIRO, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — Jordan on Wednesday commenced a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign with the priority for vulnerable groups and frontline health workers. Meanwhile, Iran’s tally of COVID-19 infections surpassed 1.3 million after more than 6,000 new cases were added.
Jordanian Health Minister Nazir Obeidat said the vaccination campaign started in 29 medical centers across the kingdom, with about 5,000 to be vaccinated on a daily basis, adding at least 20 percent of the population are planned to be covered.
Jordan recorded 1,122 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths on Wednesday, raising its total tally of infections to 310,968 and death toll to 4,091.
Meanwhile, the kingdom has announced cancellation of Friday curfews and will allow the reopening of schools as the next semester starts.
Iran reported 6,317 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, raising the total nationwide infections to 1,305,339. The pandemic has so far claimed 56,457 lives in the country, up by 97 in the past 24 hours.
A total of 1,094,388 people in Iran have recovered from the disease and been discharged from hospitals, while 4,469 remain in intensive care units.
In Iraq, 867 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the total nationwide infections to 605,416.
The country also reported four new deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 12,915, while 1,992 more recovered cases, bringing the total recoveries to 562,575.
Riyadh Abdul-Amir, head of the Iraqi Health Ministry’s Public Health Department, said in a press release that the Ministry will build two laboratories to detect the new strain of coronavirus.
Kuwait reported 539 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total tally to 155,874, while the death toll remained at 946. It also announced the recovery of 234 more patients, taking the total recoveries to 149,809.
Qatar announced 201 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 146,480.
Meanwhile, 156 more people recovered from the virus in Qatar, bringing the overall recoveries to 143,094, while the death toll remained at 246 for the sixth day running.
In Morocco, 1,266 new COVID-19 cases were announced, taking the total tally in the North African country since March 2, 2020 to 455,055.
The number of recoveries in Morocco increased to 429,278 after 1,927 more were added, while the death toll rose by 26 to 7,810.
Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, announced 9,554 new coronavirus cases and 173 more fatalities, raising the tally of infections to 2,335,839 and the death toll to 23,325. The total number of recoveries in Turkey surged to 2,227,927.
Israel reported 8,667 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 517,271, while the death toll reached 3,803 with 47 new fatalities.
The total recoveries in Israel rose to 435,818, after 6,378 new recovered cases were added.
It also reported four more cases of the new COVID-19 strain, bringing the total number of patients tested positive for COVID-19 variants in Israel to 155.
In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the total COVID-19 infections rose by 3,362 to 239,587, while the death toll climbed to 723 with the addition of six new fatalities. The total recoveries in the UAE surged to 213,149.
Saudi Arabia confirmed 175 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, taking its total tally of infections to 364,271 and its death toll to 6,304. The kingdom’s total recoveries climbed by 156 to 356,013.