News ID: 303226
Published: 1259 GMT May 20, 2021

COVID-19 claims over 220 lives in Iran over past 24 hours

COVID-19 claims over 220 lives in Iran over past 24 hours

Iran’s Health Ministry announced in a statement that the number of the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections from Wednesday to Thursday reached 229 and 12,428, respectively.

It put the total death toll and infections at 77,994 and 2,804,632, respectively, since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February 2020, IRNA reported.

The country has been struggling with a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections over the past few weeks that caused it to see daily record-high deaths and infections of above 450 and 21,000, impose a partial lockdown in very high-risk cities, and shut down certain businesses and public places.

The Thursday statement said 5,081 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition in the country and, of the newly detected cases, 1,776 individuals have been hospitalized.

The ministry added that a total of 2,290,613 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from the country’s hospitals.

It added that 18,551,061 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out across the country.

It said three cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread, while 262 cities are in the orange (high-risk) zones, noting that based on a decision by the anti-‎coronavirus task force, travel to and from these cities is prohibited.

The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 183 and zero, ‎respectively, according to the statement.


Resource: IRNA
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