News ID: 291684
Published: 0413 GMT March 17, 2021

Daily COVID-19 deaths drop to 65: Ministry

Daily COVID-19 deaths drop to 65: Ministry

National Desk

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Iran stood at 65 over the past 24 hours, announced the Health Ministry on Wednesday.

In an address to a press conference, Sima Sadat Lari said the total death toll has reached 61,492, IRNA reported.

She added 7,802 new COVID-19 cases were identified over the past 24 hours, of whom 670 have been hospitalized.

Lari noted that 1,514,061 individuals out of a total of 1,771,115 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from the country’s hospitals.

She regretted that currently, 3,859 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition.

The spokeswoman said that to date, 11,912,137 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been conducted in the country.

Since its outbreak in December 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has infected over 121.41 million people across the world, killing more than 2.65 million patients.

On Tuesday, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled a new generation of homegrown test kits that allow the rapid diagnosis of the new coronavirus, according to Press TV.

The kits were revealed during a ceremony in Tehran at the IRGC’s Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, attended by the elite force’s chief commander, Major General Hossein Salami, and a number of medical officials.

The injection kits can detect the coronavirus with high accuracy in 10 minutes.

Addressing the ceremony, Salami said the IRGC forces have succeeded in making great achievements in the health sector since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic around a year ago.

He added that Iran has been engaged in warfare with enemies over the past one and a half years but the IRGC forces’ steadfastness brought hope to Iranians’ hearts.

At a time when the enemies were waiting for Iran’s defeat in the fight against the “most severe disease” in the world, to accuse the country of inability, the IRGC forces managed to achieve great success, Salami said.

In November, Iran unveiled a domestically-produced rapid antigen test kit that allows detection of the coronavirus in less than half an hour.

The kit was manufactured by the technology-based Barakat E-Health Company (BEHCo), and is capable of detecting the virus between 15 and 20 minutes.




Resource: IRNA
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