Iran’s daily virus deaths near record high Jul 07, 2020 0 44 12345 Tehran Iran on Monday reported 160 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, close to the country’s highest single-day toll announced the previous day.The Islamic republic has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of novel coronavirus since late February.The new deaths bring the total fatalities recorded to 11,731, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state television.She also raised the country’s caseload to 243,051 with 2,613 people testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.Iran’s highest daily toll of 163 fatalities from the disease was announced on Sunday.Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in deaths and new confirmed cases since Iran reported a near two month low in daily recorded infections in early May.The worsening situation has prompted the government to make the wearing of face masks mandatory in closed public spaces.According to Lari, nine of Iran’s 31 provinces are classified as “red”, the highest category in the country’s virus risk ranking. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Palestinians seek closure of West Bank crossings to curb virus Jul 07, 2020 0 328 ‘Does not matter’ who wins next US elections: Iran foreign minister Jul 07, 2020 0 329 Kenya to emerge from virus lockdown, resume international flights Jul 07, 2020 0 343 Rocket fired at Baghdad airport, no explosion: Security source AFP Baghdad A rocket landed near Baghdad airport overnight but did not explode, an Iraqi security source said, after two other rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations at the weekend. .. Saudi Arabia makes masks mandatory, bans gatherings during Hajj DPA Riyadh Muslim pilgrims at this year’s Hajj must wear face masks at all times, authorities said, while workers will ensure no overcrowding or gatherings take place during the pilgrimage that in normal times brings .. Shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocks Kabul: USGS A shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Kabul on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, sending crowds into the streets of the Afghan capital. There were no immediate reports of any casualties after the quake shook .. Ghana challenger names first woman as major party VP pick Accra Ghana’s main presidential challenger John Mahama on Monday named Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for December’s election, the first time a major party has chosen a female vice-presidential .. Israel launches new spy satellite to target enemies ‘near and far’ DPA Tel Aviv Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said his country was much better able to act against enemies “near and far” thanks to the successful launch of a new spy satellite. Against the backdrop of ..