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Iran confirms 3,204 new COVID-19 cases, 443,086 in total

Global Times

Source: Xinhua Published: 2020/9/27 11:23:03

The total number of COVID-19 infections confirmed in Iran reached 443,086 on Saturday, after an overnight registration of 3,204 cases, Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education announced.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the ministry, said at her daily briefing 1,274 of the new patients required hospitalization, as quoted in the ministry's website.

Also, 172 people lost their lives in the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll over the novel coronavirus to 25,394, according to Lari's figures.

She added that 372,051 patients have so far recovered and been discharged from hospitals, while 4,041 remain currently in critical condition in intensive care units.

As of Saturday, 3,905,352 laboratory tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Iran, the spokeswoman said.

The risk of infection is currently high in 24 of 31 Iranian provinces, while five other provinces are on alert over the spread of the virus.

Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 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 3 million masks to China.

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

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