News ID: 275765
Published: 0317 GMT October 20, 2020

Ministry reports record 5,039 daily coronavirus cases

Ministry reports record 5,039 daily coronavirus cases

Iran to begin testing homegrown COVID-19 vaccine on humans in Nov.

Iran's Health Ministry announced a record 5,039 new coronavirus a day after it reported 337 deaths from the virus, the highest daily tally since February.

The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari put the total number of new positive cases in the country at 539,670, according to IRNA.

Lari added that 322 people lost their lives from Monday to Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 31,034 in Iran, the worst-hit country in the West Asia.

Of the new cases detected since Monday, 2,254 patients have been admitted to the hospitals, she added.

Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers, 4,810 coronavirus patients have critical health conditions, Lari noted.

The spokeswoman said at least 434,676 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection across the country.

Iran on Monday reported 337 deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest daily tally since February.

The grim milestone represents a significant spike from the previous single-day death toll record of 279.

"The current situation is the result of neglecting to comply with health protocols, reduced use of masks and dangerous social behavior in recent weeks," Lari said on Monday.

Iran has been struggling with the coronavirus since announcing its first cases in February.

Authorities have announced tighter restrictions for the hard-hit Tehran Province.

Recently reopened universities and schools, as well as libraries, mosques, cinemas, museums and beauty salons, shut down. In the past week, the government mandated that all Tehran residents wear face masks outdoors and in public places, warning violators would be fined. Officials promised those who tested positive would be closely tracked.

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

Since the coronavirus outbreak in the country, Iran has also been trying to develop a vaccine for the novel virus to cure the patients. 


New vaccine


On Tuesday, Iran’s Health Minister Saeid Namaki said the country is to begin trialing a homegrown COVID-19 vaccine on humans around early November, according to Press TV.

Namaki said the vaccine had been successfully tested on animals, and was currently being worked on by at least four medical teams across the country.

At least two of the taskforces, he said, “have made good progress and are taking necessary measures in line with international standards.”

The official said, “We have furthered some appropriate methods in the process of making the vaccine,” Namaki said, expressing hope that the applied methods would yield the desired results unless either the respiratory disease or the vaccine undergo any radical changes.

He, accordingly, hoped that the ministry would be having some “good news” to relay to the Iranian people in this regard in near future.

The minister said the Islamic Republic had also notified the World Health Organization about its progress in the area.

The virus that can lead to acute respiratory malfunction emerged in central China late last year. It has infected more than 40,745,000 people worldwide, including upward of 1,120,000 deaths.



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