Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 20

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JERUSALEM — The rate of coronavirus cases among young people under the age of 20 in Israel has risen significantly, reaching almost a third of all cases detected so far in the country, according to data issued by the state’s Ministry of Health on Sunday.

The data showed that the rate of young people up to the age of 19 tested positive for coronavirus rose from 17.4 percent of all cases on April 18, to 22.4 percent on June 19, and to 30.9 percent at present. (Israel-COVID19-20-year-olds)

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BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Health Ministry on Sunday reported 3,438 new COVID-19 cases, as the health authorities banned the entry of foreign travelers into the country amid the appearance of new strains of the coronavirus in the neighboring countries.

The Iraqi Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi said in a press conference that “the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety decided not to allow any foreigner to enter Iraq in the coming days, except for the diplomatic missions.” (Iraq-COVID19-Ban)

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KHARTOUM — Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Sunday left for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a two-day visit over Sudan-related regional issues.

Al-Burhan will hold talks with the UAE leadership, while his high-level ministerial delegation is scheduled to discuss with a team from the U.S. government already in the UAE over removing Sudan from the U.S. list of states sponsors of terrorism, supporting Sudan’s transitional period and relieving Sudan of its debts owed to Washington, the Council said in a statement. (Sudan-UAE Visit-US)

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RIYADH — Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday 483 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily increase in the kingdom since mid-April, raising the total number to 329,754, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The current number of active cases has dropped by more than 75 percent to 14,830, including 1,138 in the intensive care units, from the peak numbers, SPA quoted Mohammed Abdulaali, spokesman of the Saudi Health Ministry, as saying. (Saudi-Coronavirus-Lowest Daily Increase)