Iran COVID-19 death toll exceeds 100 in 24 hours
TEHERAN (IRAN) – Iran’s death toll from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours topped 100 for the eighth consecutive day, bringing the total to 10,239, said the health ministry figures issued on Friday.
With 2,628 new cases in the past 24 hours, the total number of people infected stood at 217,724, of whom 177,852 have recovered, ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state television.
The sharp spike in new daily infections and deaths in the past week follows the gradual lifting of restrictions that began in mid-April.
Lari said 109 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 10,239.
Senior officials warn regularly that restrictions will be reimposed if health regulations to stem the surge in infections are not observed.
State TV on Friday aired interviews with several patients in hospitals who said they contracted the virus after attending wedding parties, wakes and other gatherings. In one case, all the 35 people attending a wake in the Western Lorestan Province caught the virus; three of them are in intensive care.
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