Iran’s COVID-19 death toll in­creases to 6,156

Kuwait Times - - Internatio­nal -

DUBAI: Iran’s death toll from new coro­n­avirus in­creased by 65 over the pre­vi­ous 24 hours to reach 6,156 on Satur­day, Health Min­istry spokesman Kianush Ja­han­pur said in a state­ment on state TV. The to­tal num­ber of di­ag­nosed cases in Iran, one of the Mid­dle Eastern coun­tries hard­est hit by the pan­demic, has reached 96,448, up by 802 in the past 24 hours, the low­est daily in­crease rate in weeks, he said, adding that 2,787 were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. A to­tal of 77,350, or 80% of those in­fected, had so far re­cov­ered, he said. Ira­nian health of­fi­cials have been warn­ing of a new wave of the dis­ease if health reg­u­la­tions are not strictly fol­lowed.

“If peo­ple do not ob­serve health pro­to­cols, the dis­ease will cer­tainly re­turn,” said Mo­ham­mad Me­hdi Gouya, di­rec­tor of the Health Min­istry’s com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases de­part­ment. Only 10% of the in­hab­i­tants of the most af­fected cities had been in­fected with coro­n­avirus, Gouya told the semi-of­fi­cial ISNA news agency. “This means that 90% have not yet been in­fected with the virus. There­fore, we must not think it’s over and leave home and make so­cial vis­its as we please ... There is no other op­tion but to ob­serve proper so­cial dis­tanc­ing,” he said.

Deputy Health Min­is­ter Iraj Harirchi said a de­ci­sion would be made on Sun­day on the re­open­ing of schools and Shi­ite holy sites. Iran, which has been strug­gling to curb the spread of the dis­ease, is con­cerned that mea­sures to limit pub­lic ac­tiv­i­ties could wreck an econ­omy which has al­ready been bat­tered by US sanc­tions that were reim­posed in 2018. Ira­nian author­i­ties blame the sanc­tions for ham­per­ing their ef­forts to com­bat the dis­ease.

— AFP

TEHRAN: An Ira­nian woman reads Qu­ran as wor­ship­pers sit in their ve­hi­cles while tak­ing part in a re­li­gious cer­e­mony dur­ing the holy month of Ra­madan in a park­ing area of Tehran’s Eram park amid the coro­n­avirus COVID-19 pan­demic.

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