TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed novel coronavirus cases rose to 167,156 on Friday after an overnight registration of 2,886 new infections, according to official IRNA news agency.
During his daily briefing, Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the health ministry, said out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 527 were hospitalized. (Iran-COVID-19)
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ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday announced to cancel an initially planned weekend lockdown as part of measures taken against the COVID-19 outbreak.
Recalling that the Interior Ministry on late Thursday announced that the curfew will be applied in 15 provinces this weekend, Erdogan said "However, the reactions we received from our people pushed us to re-evaluate the decision." (Turkey-COVID-19)
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TRIPOLI -- The UN-backed Libyan government's forces on Friday announced the takeover of Tarhuna city, the last stronghold of the rival east-based army in western Libya.
"Our brave forces took control over the entire city of Tarhuna, and taught forces of Haftar (east-based army's commander) a lesson they will never forget," said Mohamed Gonono, spokesman of the government forces, in a statement. (Libya-Takeover)
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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Minister of Justice Avi Ninssenkorn published on Friday the main points of a COVID-19 emergency law that will take effect in mid-June to deal with the pandemic.
The new rules are softer compared to the initial version that allows the police to enter homes without a warrant to enforce home quarantine. (Israel-COVID-19)