Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 31

TEHRAN — Iran’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 304,204 on Friday after an overnight registration of 2,674 new infections, official IRNA news agency reported.

During her daily briefing, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,523 were hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)

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BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Health Ministry on Friday recorded 3,346 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the disease, while a health official confirmed that the authorities will return to partial curfew after the Eid al-Adha holiday.

The new cases brought the total nationwide infections to 124,609, as the ministry’s health teams and institutions have used over 1,000,000 testing kits so far, the ministry said in a statement. (Iraq-COVID-19)

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RIYADH — Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday was discharged from hospital after a successful gallbladder surgery, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Royal Court announced that King Salman has left King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the capital Riyadh, according to the report. (Saudi Arabia-King-Surgery)

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TEHRAN — Iranian President said regional security can be attained through regional cooperation, semi-official Fars news agency reported Friday.

“Regional security and stability can be achieved only within the framework of regional cooperation,” Rouhani said in a phone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh on Thursday. (Iran-Qatar-Regional Cooperation)

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