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23 May 2020, 07:30 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- The Iranian health ministry on Friday reported 51 new deaths of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 7,300 since the outbreak of the disease in late February, state TV reported.

Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said 2,311 people contracted the virus over the past 24 hours, taking the number of infections to 131,652. (Iran-COVID-19)

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ANKARA -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey reached 154,500 on Friday, with 952 new cases registered, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

The death toll surged to 4,276 after 27 new fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, the minister tweeted. (Turkey-Coronavirus)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia's accumulated COVID-19 cases reached on Friday 67,719, with the registration of 2,642 new infections.

The kingdom reported more recoveries than infections in the last 24 hours with 2,963 recovered cases, increasing the total recoveries to 39,003, the health ministry tweeted. (Saudi Arabia-Coronavirus)

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CAIRO -- Egypt said it is willing to resume negotiations with Sudan and Ethiopia over the filling of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), state-run Ahram newspapers reported on Friday.

"Egypt is always ready to enter into negotiations and participate in upcoming meetings between the ministers of irrigations of the three countries," the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement. (Egypt-GERD)

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