News ID: 275853
Published: 1236 GMT October 23, 2020

COVID-19 claims about 32,000 lives in Iran

COVID-19 claims about 32,000 lives in Iran
Reuters

Iran's Health Ministry announced the novel coronavirus has killed 335 more Iranians from Thursday to Friday, mounting the total death number to 31,985.

According to Spokeswoman of the Health Ministry Sima Sadat Lari, the country’s total coronavirus cases have risen to 556,891 following the detection of 6,134 new cases over the past 24 hours, IRNA reported.

At least 446,685 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, Lari added.

She added out of the total 6,134 new diagnosed cases in the past 24 hours, 2,214 patients have been hospitalized.

She noted among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 4,933 coronavirus patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection.

Lari further said that some 4,658,727 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in Iran.

Iran has been announced the worst-hit country by coronavirus in the West Asia.

Earlier in the day, Head of Iran’s National Headquarters for Fighting Coronavirus Alireza Zali said the COVID-19-related restrictions will be intensified in capital Tehran as of next week due to the increasing number of infected and hospitalized cases.

He added that more inspections will be carried out by police forces starting next week to check proper observance of the health public orders and restrictions including wearing face masks in workplaces, up to 50% reduction of the number of employees in public offices, and traffic restrictions.

Vulnerable people including those who are over 65-year-old have to stay at home or work from home for their own safety, he said.

Authorities extended the restrictions imposed in the capital for the second time last Saturday to limit spread of the virus.

According to Zali, the average rate of observing health order and restrictions by the public is increasing staying presently at 68.3% while it was less than 30% last week.

   
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Resource: IRNA
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