Tehran: The Iranian health department has reported more than 100 new deaths caused by the new coronavirus for the third consecutive day, emphasizing that the epidemic has not yet peaked in the worst-hit countries.
Iran reported the first case of coronavirus on February 19 and has been working hard to contain the outbreak since this was the deadliest in the Middle East.
The Islamic Republic set a record for the lowest number of single-day deaths in early May, and there has been a new upward trend in recent weeks.
Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari said the 116 deaths reported on Sunday brought the country’s overall COVID-19 death toll to 9,623.
However, Minister of Health Said Namaki denied that the country was facing a second respiratory disease and said that “the peak of the disease has not passed yet”.
The semi-official news organization ISNA quoted him as saying: “Even in the provinces where we believe that the first round of coronavirus waves has passed, we have not fully experienced the first wave.”
The Iranian authorities did not impose a mandatory blockade on the population, but closed schools in March, canceled public activities and banned traffic between the country’s 31 provinces, and then gradually relaxed restrictions starting in April.
According to Larry, the four provinces of Khuzestan, Hormuzgan, Kemanshah, and eastern Azerbaijan are currently “red,” which is the highest level of risk in the country that is color-coded.
She added that 2,368 new infections have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 204,952.
Domestic and foreign countries have always expressed doubts about Iran’s official figures, worrying that the actual losses will be higher.