February 15th – coronavirus epidemic in the Middle East continued to spread on the 15th, and Palestine announced the extension of the “lockdown order” again. Israel, Turkey and other countries continued to promote vaccination work.
On the 15th, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported 1,048 new confirmed cases, a total of 19,316 confirmed cases, 2,133 deaths and 177,474 cured cases.
Pakistani Prime Minister Ashtiye announced on the 15th that in order to consolidate the achievements of the fight against the epidemic, the Pakistani government decided to extend the “lockdown order” for another two weeks from that day. He called on the general public to continue to abide by epidemic prevention regulations, wear masks when going out, and maintain social distancing. He also said that due to the delay in the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine, the plan to vaccinate the elderly and chronically ill people, which was originally scheduled on the 15th, has now been postponed.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East said on the same day that Director-General Lazarini had tested positive for COVID-19. Lazarini was vaccinated with the first dose of COVID-19 a few days ago in Ramallah. Currently, he is receiving treatment in a Jordanian hospital and his health is stable.
According to the data released by the Israeli Ministry of Health on the 15th, 5,647 new confirmed cases were added in the country on the same day, with a total of 729,373 confirmed cases, 5,406 deaths and a total of 67,010 cured cases. The Ministry of Health announced on the same day that more than 3.95 million people in Israel have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, accounting for about 42.5% of the country’s total population.
According to the official website of the Ministry of Health of Turkey on the 15th, Turkey has tested 116,452 people for the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, of whom 7,945 have tested positive. So far, Turkey has confirmed 2,594,128 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 27,562 deaths and 2,482,435 cured cases. By the evening of the 15th, Turkey had received more than 4.58 million doses of coronavirus vaccine, of which more than 3.95 million had been vaccinated with the first dose and more than 630,000 had received the second dose.
On the 15th, the Iraqi Ministry of Health reported 2,798 new confirmed cases nationwide, with a total of 646,650 confirmed cases, 13,185 deaths and 608,178 cured cases. Health Minister Hassan Tamimi said on the same day that after testing by the Central Public Health Laboratory in Iraq, there were many confirmed cases of mutant novel coronavirus in Iraq, including children. He called on the public to be vigilant and strictly abide by the curfew and other epidemic prevention regulations recently imposed by the government.
On the 15th, the Ministry of Health of Qatar reported 448 new confirmed cases nationwide, a total of 158,132 confirmed cases, 255 deaths and 148,677 cured cases. In response to the increasingly severe epidemic, Qatar has intensified epidemic prevention and strictly implemented epidemic prevention measures.