Tehran: Iran said on Tuesday that the number of people killed by the new coronavirus in the country has tripled for the first time in a month.
Kianoush Jahanpour, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said that 98 people died of COVID-19 disease in the past 24 hours, resulting in a total death toll of 4,683.
“Unfortunately, we lost 98 of our compatriots infected with the disease… but after a month of waiting, this is the first day that the death toll has been double figures,” he told a televised news conference.
“We hope that this path will continue with your ongoing cooperation” in observing health guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the virus, he added.
Jahampur said another 1,574 people were found to be infected with the virus.
He said this brought the total number of outbreaks in Iran to 74,877, adding that 48,129 of the inpatients have recovered and have been discharged.
President Hassan Rouhani’s government has worked hard to contain the epidemic that began nearly two months ago.
It closed schools and universities, postponed major events and imposed a series of other restrictions, but it did not stop ordering the blockade.
Iran announced the first COVID-19 case on February 19-two people died in the holy city of Qom.
However, there are various speculations abroad that the actual loss caused by the disease in the Islamic Republic may be higher.