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IRAQ/SAUDI: On COVID-19

Iraq, Saudi Arabia report fresh deaths from coronavirus

Pandemic has killed nearly 580,000 people worldwide

Iraq, Saudi Arabia report fresh deaths from coronavirus

ANKARA

Local health authorities in Iraq and Saudi Arabia confirmed additional fatalities from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.

The Iraqi Health Ministry said 87 patients had died from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, pushing the nationwide death toll to 3,432.

A further 2,110 new cases were recorded, raising the overall count to 83,867, while recoveries stood at 52,612, a ministry statement said.

In Saudi Arabia, the Health Ministry registered 42 deaths and 2,671 fresh infections, bringing the kingdom’s tally to 240,474, including 2,325 deaths, and 183,048 recoveries.

The pandemic has killed nearly 580,000 people worldwide, with more than 13.35 million confirmed cases, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

The number of recoveries from the pandemic across the globe neared 7.4 million early Wednesday.

* Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara

… IN ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT

 

BAGHDAD, Iraq

The Iraqi government decided on Wednesday to ban parties and tribes from carrying weapons, according to the official Iraqi news agency.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said his cabinet held a meeting in the southern Basra province and voted to prevent any party or tribe from carrying arms.

The move came four days after al-Kadhimi ordered the Iraqi army to control the proliferation of weapons in the country.

Arms and weapons are widespread in Iraq, especially in hands of Iranian-backed militant groups, amid accusations for these groups of launching attacks against US targets in the country.

Iraqi tribesmen also possess large numbers of weapons, especially in the southern provinces where tribal clashes regularly erupt between rival tribes.

* Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

—- anadolu agency