News ID: 277004
Published: 0215 GMT November 19, 2020

COVID-19 claims 476 lives over 24 hours in Iran

COVID-19 claims 476 lives over 24 hours in Iran

Iran’s Health Ministry announced that 476 more Iranians lost their lives in Iran due to the coronavirus disease from Wednesday to Thursday mounting the total national death toll to 43,417.

According to the Health Ministry Spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari, the respiratory disease infected 13,223 people in the course of the past 24 hours, putting the total cases at 815,117, IRNA reported.

She noted that 2,938 of the new cases have been hospitalized.

According to Lari, 5,722 patients are in critical condition while 583,704 patients have been recovered or discharged from hospital.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the country’s health sector is under intense pressure, expressing hope that new coronavirus restrictions would help the medical personnel take a breath.

Like many other countries in recent weeks, Iran has been struggling to curb the spread of the disease. The high number of infections and deaths has prompted officials to tighten the restrictions aimed at containing the surge in the number of infections and deaths.

On Sunday, officials announced that “severe restrictions” will be imposed in as many as 150 cities with the highest infection rates as of November 21.

As part of the measures, intercity travel will be banned, while nonessential businesses and public places will be closed.

Iran also plans to enforce a nighttime lockdown between 21:00 p.m. and 4 a.m. local time.

Resource: IRNA
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