Wed, 22 Sep 2021

TEHRAN -- The Iranian health ministry reported on Saturday 19,846 new COVID-19 cases, raising the country's total infections to 3,871,008.

The pandemic has so far claimed 90,630 lives in Iran, up by 286 in the past 24 hours, the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education said in a briefing published on the ministry's official website. (Iran-COVID19)

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RABAT -- Morocco's economy shrank by 6.3 percent in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a bad agricultural harvest, the central bank said Saturday.

The labour market lost 432,000 jobs, state budget deficit increased to 7.6 percent of the GDP, while the public debt rose to 76.4 percent of the GDP, said Abdellatif Jouahri, governor of Morocco's central bank, in a statement released after he presented to the Moroccan king the annual report on the economic situation for the 2020 fiscal year. (Morocco-Economy)

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Saturday registered 22,332 new COVID-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 5,727,045, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 79 to 51,332, while 5,107 more people recovered in the last 24 hours. (Turkey-COVID19)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan on Saturday welcomed an Algerian initiative calling for holding a direct meeting between leaders of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to reach a solution for the differences over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Saturday met in Khartoum with the visiting Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra. (Sudan-GERD)

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