Over 4,600 New COVID-19 Cases Detected in Iran

Clay Curtis
October 18, 2020

Lari added that there are 4,721 virus patients that are in critical condition.

The latest deaths raised the overall toll to 30,123 for the eight months since Iran reported its first fatalities from the novel coronavirus.

In recent weeks, Iran has seen daily death tolls spike to their highest-ever levels, sparking increasing concern even as government officials continue to resist a total lockdown for fear of cratering the economy, which has been hard-hit by United States sanctions.

She also noted that so far, more over 4.4 million coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran. Iran has seen the worst outbreak in the Middle East, with more than 526,000 confirmed cases.

Deputy Well being Minister Iraj Harirchi, who had examined optimistic for the virus in March after enjoying down its risk and refuting studies of mass deaths, advised state TV on Wednesday that the nation's true dying toll is about double the reported figures.

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In mid-February, at the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak in China, Iran lit up the Tehran Azadi (Liberty) Tower to show its solidarity with China, and donated 3 million masks to China.

Recorded infections have soared again over recent weeks, as authorities have relaxed restrictions and reopened schools.

The death tolls released by the Health Ministry are based on those who had tested positive, he said. Then the government swiftly reopened the country, desperate to boost its stricken economy. Since June, the case depend has steadily elevated - and spiked to new heights in current weeks.

The rial currency was trading at a new low of about 322,000 per dollar on Saturday on the unofficial market, according to the foreign exchange website Bonbast.com, hit by worries over new USA sanctions that may block some Iranian medicine purchases.

Of the newly infected, 1,661 had to be hospitalized, she added.

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