News ID: 273038
Published: 0207 GMT August 17, 2020

Iran reports 2,247 new coronavirus cases

Iran reports 2,247 new coronavirus cases

National Desk

Iran’s Health Ministry reported 2,247 new cases of infection with the coronavirus from Sunday to Monday, bringing the total number of the infected people in the country to 345,450.

The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that 1,255 out of the new cases have been hospitalized since Sunday noon.

Lari added that 299,157 patients have recovered from the disease in the country so far, which is the worst-hit country from the virus in the West Asia, according to IRNA.

Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 3,773 patients have critical health conditions, Lari said.

Lari put the total death toll from the novel coronavirus in Iran at 19,804 after the disease claimed the lives of 165 more people from Sunday to Monday.

The ministry’s spokeswoman said that more than 2,887,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.

On Sunday, the Health Ministry said that most of the country’s provinces are still in the high-risk "red" category or alarming situation.

The ministry said that the provinces of Mazandaran, Tehran, Qom, Golestan, North Khorasan, Ardebil, Isfahan, Alborz, Khorasan Razavi, Kerman, Semnan, East Azarbaijan, Markazi, Yazd and Gilan are still classified as “red”, the highest level on the country's color-coded risk scale.

It added that the provinces of Fars, Ilam, Lorestan, Hormuzgan, Zanjan, Qazvin, West Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Hamedan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad are on an alarming situation.

The ministry urged the people to observe the country’s health protocols in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Iran has been battling to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak since announcing its first cases on February 19.

Declared virus-related deaths and infections in Iran rebounded since hitting months-long lows in May. But, new figures in recent weeks have shown a decrease in the number of deaths and infections across the country.

Authorities have made wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces and reimposed restrictions lifted gradually since April to reopen the country’s sanctions-hit economy.



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