healthcare in the East

Israel: Pfizer vaccine 39% effective in halting Delta

Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine provided a strong shield against hospitalization and more severe disease in cases caused by the contagious delta variant in Israel in recent weeks, even though it was just 39% effective in preventing …

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Turkey's COVID-19 cases back up to mid-May levels

Turkey's new coronavirus cases have doubled in just over two weeks to 9,586 on Thursday, its highest since May 19, with 52 related deaths according to an official tally that prompted a warning from the health minister. "We have …

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Tunisia health minister sacked as virus cases soar

Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi sacked Tunisia's health minister, the premier's office said, as spiralling coronavirus cases weigh on the North African country's swamped health system. Faouzi Mehdi's sacking came days …

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Tehran imposes week-long lockdown as virus surges

Iran on Monday imposed a week-long lockdown on the capital, Tehran, and the surrounding region as the country struggles with another surge in the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported. The lockdown — the nation's fifth so …

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Turkey confirms 7,680 new COVID-19 cases

Turkey reported 7,680 new COVID-19 cases, 66 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Sunday. As many as 5,835 more patients recovered from COVID-19, the ministry said. The country also has administered nearly …

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Kazakhstan reports over 5,600 COVID-19 cases per day

Over the past day, doctors in Kazakhstan have identified 5,648 new coronavirus cases - 334 more than the day before, which is the highest figure in the country since the beginning of the pandemic. The total number of cases has reached 477,754, …

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Uzbekistan receives another batch of Sputnik V vaccine

Another batch of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has been delivered to Uzbekistan from Russia in the amount of 90,000 doses, according to the Uzbek Ministry of Health. The delivery included 70,000 doses of the first component and 20,000 …

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Delta variant cases in Turkey nearly triple in a week

The number of Delta variant COVID-19 cases in Turkey has risen to some 750 from 284 seven days ago and overall cases climbed 20% at the weekend compared to a week earlier, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. "These increases have …

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Uzbekistan extends quarantine restrictions

Quarantine restrictions introduced in Uzbekistan on July 1 for 12 days have been extended until the sanitary-epidemiological situation improves, press secretary of the republic’s Health Ministry Furkat Sanaev said on Tuesday. …

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Dozens killed after fire at Iraq covid hospital

At least 58 people were killed by a fire at an Iraqi coronavirus hospital on Monday, a health official said. The fire raged through late Monday at al-​Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriya, about 200 miles south of Baghdad. Crowds …

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Kazakhstan reports record number of COVID-19 cases over day

Over the past day, doctors in Kazakhstan have identified 3,899 new coronavirus cases - 204 more than the day before, which is the highest figure in the country since the beginning of the pandemic. The total number of cases has reached 458,724, …

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