Iran reports over 100 new coronavirus deaths in one day

Iran reports 107 new deaths in a single day from the novel coronavirus, for the first time in two months.

Ben Ariel ,

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Iran on Sunday reported over 100 new deaths in a single day from the novel coronavirus, for the first time in two months, AFP reported.

Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari announced 107 coronavirus fatalities in the past 24 hours, raising the overall toll to 8,837.

"It was very painful for us to announce the triple-digit figure," said Lari.

"This is an unpredictable and wild virus and may surprise us at any time," she added, urging Iranians to observe health protocols.

Iran last recorded triple-digit daily fatalities on April 13, with 111 dead.

Lari also announced 2,472 new cases confirmed in the past day, bringing the total to 187,427, with over 148,000 recoveries.

Iran for a time was the hardest hit country in the Middle East from the coronavirus. At least 31 members of the Iranian parliament contracted the virus, including its speaker Ali Larijani, who tested positive for COVID-19.

There has been skepticism at home and abroad about Iran's official COVID-19 figures, with concerns the real toll could be much higher.

Last week, a senior Iranian health official acknowledged that nearly one in five Iranians may have been infected with the novel coronavirus since the country's outbreak started in February.



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