Coronavirus in Iran: Death Toll Close to 17,000

Coronavirus in Iran: Death Toll Close to 17,000

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Iran is about to hit 17,000.

Speaking at a daily press conference on Saturday, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the coronavirus has taken the lives of 216 patients in Iran during the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 16,982.

The total number of people tested positive for COVID-19 in Iran has risen to 306,752 following the detection of 2,548 new cases since yesterday, she added.

Of the new cases detected over the past 24 hours, 1,067 patients have been admitted to the hospital, the spokeswoman said.

At least 265,830 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, she said.

Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 4,011 coronavirus patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection, Lari noted.

The spokeswoman also said more than 2,482,500 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.

The number of people infected with COVID-19 across the world has exceeded 17.7 million and the death toll is above 683,000.

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