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Iran COVID-19 Update: Over 2.5K new cases, tough restrictions back in 8 provinces

According to the health spokeswoman, 1,693,242 lab tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Iran as of Wednesday

Thursday July 2, 2020 9:18 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Iran Covid-19 News

Tehran: Iran reported 2,549 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total confirmed novel coronavirus cases to 230,211, according to official IRNA news agency.

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily update on Wednesday that 141 people died overnight, taking the total fatalities over the virus to 10,958, Xinhua news agency reported.

"So far, 191,487 have recovered and 3,081 are in intense condition", said Lari.

According to the health spokeswoman, 1,693,242 lab tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Iran as of Wednesday.

Restrictions back in 8 provinces

The Iranian government has restored tough restrictions in eight provinces with high rates of infection related to the spread of the COVID-19.

Mohsen Farhadi, a deputy head of the health ministry’s Department for Health at Work and Environment said that all government and private sector offices as well as all job groups except those related to immediate needs of the people will close down in red areas.

The government has ordered a week-long holiday in the southern province of Hormozgan where COVID-19 has led to multiple deaths in recent days.

Other provinces on red alert include Razavi Khorasan in east, Khuzestan and Bushehr in south, Kurdistan and Kermanshah in west and East Azerbaijan and West Azarbaijan in northwest of Iran.

Iran, China Coordination

Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on February 19.

Iran and China have offered mutual help in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. In mid-February, at the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak in China, Iran lit up the Tehran Azadi (Liberty) Tower to show its solidarity with China, and donated three million masks to China.

In return, China has delivered several shipments of medical supplies to Iran. On February 29, a five-member Chinese medical team visited Iran for a month-long mission to help Iran fight the pandemic.

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