Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 8

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TEHRAN — Iranian health ministry on Friday reported 1,556 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 104,691 in the country, state TV reported.

Also, 55 new death cases were registered overnight, bringing the total number of the deaths from COVID-19 to 6,541, said Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. (Iran-COVID-19)

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JERUSALEM — The Israeli health ministry said the active coronavirus cases in the country dropped by 306 on Friday to 4,962.

This is the first time that the number of active cases in Israel has dropped below 5,000 since March 30, during which the highest number of active cases hit 9,808 on April 15. (Israel-COVID-19)

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CAIRO — Egypt on Friday confirmed a record 495 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total number of infections in the North African country to 8,476.

Meanwhile, 21 fatalities were recorded, bringing the death toll in the country to 503, said Khaled Megahed, spokesman of the health ministry, in a statement. (Egypt-COVID-19)

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ANKARA — Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Friday reported 1,848 new COVID-19 cases and 48 more deaths in Turkey.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country has climbed to 135,569 while the death toll surged to 3,689, Koca tweeted. (Turkey-COVID-19)

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