Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 22

Middle East

TEHRAN — Iran’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 207,525 on Monday after an overnight registration of 2,573 new infections, official IRNA news agency reported.

At a daily briefing, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said out of the new cases, 1,319 have been hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)

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ANKARA — Turkey on Monday started to impose fines of up to 900 liras (131 U.S. dollars) on those who don’t wear face masks in public places as part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Turkey confirmed 1,212 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number in the country to 188,897, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Monday. (Turkey-COVID-19)

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CAIRO — Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Monday that the North African country “is always ready to negotiate for reaching a deal on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).”

Shoukry’s comments came in response to earlier remarks by his Ethiopian counterpart who accused Egypt of requesting the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to intervene. (Egypt-Ethiopia-GERD)

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RIYADH — Saudi Arabia registered on Monday 3,393 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 161,005, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Saudi Ministry of Health also reported 40 more deaths and 4,045 new recovered cases, increasing the death toll to 1,307 and the total recoveries to 105,175. (Saudi Arabia-COVID-19)

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