Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 8

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DOHA — Chinese and Qatari medical experts on Wednesday held a video conference to share experience and expertise in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health officials and experts from both countries, including Zhong Nanshan, a renowned respiratory professor from China’s Guangzhou Medical University, Zhou Jian, the Chinese ambassador to Qatar, and Saleh Ali Al-Marri, assistant minister of public health for health affairs, attended the conference. (China-Qatar)

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RIYADH — Saudi Arabia registered on Wednesday 3,036 new coronavirus cases, increasing the accumulated infections to 220,144.

The recoveries also rose to 158,050 with the reporting of 3,211 new recovered cases, the Saudi Press Agency reported. (Saudi Arabia-COVID-19)

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JERUSALEM — Israeli Defense Minister and alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz entered self-quarantine on Wednesday after possibly coming into contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

A statement released by his office on Gantz’s behalf said that the suspected encounter took place on Sunday. (Israel-COVID-19)

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TEHRAN — Iran on Wednesday reported 2,691 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total confirmed infections in the country to 248,379, official IRNA news agency reported.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily update that 153 people died overnight, raising the death toll over the virus to 12,084. (Iran-COVID-19)

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