Coronavirus: Iran exceeds 30,000 dead threshold

Iran has crossed the symbolic threshold of 30,000 dead from the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday, nearly eight months after the appearance of the first cases of the disease on its soil.

“We have unfortunately lost 253 of our dear compatriots to Covid-19 disease in the past 24 hours,” said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Sima Sadat Lari, during his daily press briefing.

This latest report brings the number of deaths linked to the Covid-19 disease in Iran to 30,123. The country, which announced its first cases of the new coronavirus on February 19, is the most affected by the pandemic in the Near and Middle East.

According to Ms. Lari, the Islamic Republic has identified 4,103 new cases of contamination in the past 24 hours, and has a total of 526,490 confirmed cases.

In an attempt to control the health situation which continues to worsen, the authorities partially sealed off five of the largest cities in the country, including the capital Tehran, for three days, until Sunday noon.

In Tehran, a city of some nine million inhabitants and a major epidemiological focus, many public places have been closed since October 3 and the return of certain restrictive measures.

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