Tehran: Iran announced last Friday that another 122 people have died from the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of casualties in the Middle East ’s worst-hit country to 4,232.
The Ministry of Health stated that 1,972 people tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the past 24 hours, for a total of 68,192.
“In the last 24 hours, we have unfortunately seen an increase in cases of disease in perhaps five to eight tourist provinces, including Tehran,” spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a televised news conference.
The day before the announcement, Iran plans to reopen “low risk” companies to protect the economy hit by sanctions.
Iran announced the first case of coronavirus on February 19.
Some people abroad have speculated that the actual number of deaths and infections in the country may be higher.
In response to the health crisis, Iran closed schools and universities as well as cinemas, gymnasiums and respected Shia Muslim shrines.
It also warns people not to travel on the Persian New Year holiday that ended last week.