News ID: 302610
Published: 1228 GMT April 29, 2021

Iran’s total COVID-19 cases go beyond 2.48m: Health Ministry

Iran’s total COVID-19 cases go beyond 2.48m: Health Ministry

The total number of COVID-19 infections in Iran since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February 2020 exceeded 2,479,000 in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday.

According to the Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari, 19,899 new cases were detected in the country from Wednesday to Thursday, IRNA reported.

The pandemic claimed 385 lives over the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll in Iran to 71,351, she added.

More than 1,938,000 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across Iran, Lari said.

Among those currently undergoing treatment in the country’s medical centers, 5,367 are in critical condition, she regretted.

Lari said 15.569,870 million coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in Iran, and 798,465 people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The number of people infected with COVID-19 across the world has surpassed 149 million, with the death toll exceeding 3.15 million.

Iran decided to close its land borders with Pakistan to passenger travel as amid growing fears that a highly infectious variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19) found in India could hit the country hard amid a renewed surge in infection cases.

Iranian customs office IRICA said on Tuesday that southeastern borders with Pakistan would only allow the return of Iranian and Pakistani nationals to their countries after the new ban is imposed on Wednesday, Press TV reported.

IRICA spokesman Rouhollah Latifi said borders processed a total of 192 passengers between Iran and Pakistan on Tuesday as they prepare for closures.

Resource: IRNA
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