Paris / Tehran: The death toll from a coronavirus pandemic now exceeds 10,000 as Iran says the virus killed more than 149 people in the Islamic Republic, raising the country’s official death toll to 1,433.
According to official data from AFP Friday at 1030 GMT, a total of 10,080 deaths were reported, most in Europe (4,932) and Asia (3,431). Italy was the worst affected country, with 3,405 deaths, followed by China (3,248 cases), the first epicenter of the outbreak, and Iran with 1,433 people.
Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said 1,237 cases have been identified in the past 24 hours and that 19,644 people are currently infected in Iran, one of the most affected countries in the world.
Earlier today, Iran’s top leader and president promised that the country would overcome the harshest sanctions and one of the deadliest coronavirus outbreaks in the world.
Both Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged in the news that Nowruz’s Persian New Year holiday has been a difficult year.
According to official statistics, Khamenei praised the country’s doctors and nurses for their sacrifices in response to a coronavirus that infected 18,407 people and killed 1,284 people in Iran.
He prayed that after a turbulent year, the next 12 months would be a “huge victory”, a year in which overt hostilities between Tehran and his nemesis, Washington, were seen.
While U.S. sanctions have been reintroduced since President Donald Trump withdrew from a historic nuclear deal between superpowers and Iran in 2018, Khamenei insists the economy has started to improve.
But he recognized that this did not affect the lives of ordinary Iranians.
According to data from Amnesty International, government-imposed rising fuel prices in November sparked national protests that were violently repressed and at least 300 people were killed.
In a message sent to Iranians shortly after the top leader, Rouhani shouted that Iran had successfully accepted US sanctions against Iran’s major oil sector.
“In light of the harshest sanctions ever imposed on the oil industry by international terrorists … our people have written a heroic new page by running the economy without oil,” he said.
The President promised, “We have not been defeated … we have won this test.” Soon we will also overcome the outbreak of COVID-19. “