Categories: Coronavirus

Iran’s COVID-19 Deaths Cross 12,000

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on July 8, 2020 shows President Hassan Rouhani (2nd-R) attending a cabinet session with ministers clad in face masks, measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in the capital Tehran. Iranian Presidency / AFP


Iran said on Wednesday that its deaths from the novel coronavirus had surpassed 12,000, with authorities considering reimposing restrictive measures in Tehran to contain a resurgence of the disease.

It came a day after the Islamic republic reported its highest single-day fatality count of 200 from the COVID-19 illness.

Iran has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of the virus since late February.

Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that another 153 deaths had been recorded over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 12,084.

She said total cases had risen to 248,379 with 2,691 more people testing positive.

READ ALSO: Buhari Replaces Two Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate

Nine of Iran’s 31 provinces are now classified as “red”, the highest category in the country’s virus risk scaling.

Another 10 are on alert including the capital Tehran and the surrounding province, Lari added.

“Tehran is facing a very fragile situation,” said Alireza Zali, the head of the city’s virus taskforce.

“The number of infections, deaths and hospitalisations have been on a sharp rising trajectory in the past 10 days,” he was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.

Iran closed schools, cancelled public events and banned movement between its 31 provinces in March, but the government progressively lifted restrictions from April to try to reopen its sanctions-hit economy.

Zali said that Tehran needs “more restrictive measures” to contain the virus and will discuss their reimposition in an emergency meeting with the health minister.

His deputy, Ali Maher, told ISNA that measures may be reintroduced as soon as Saturday.

Some red provinces have already reimposed restrictions in recent weeks after receiving a green light from the government.


Ignatius Igwe

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

  • Headlines

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Infections Rise With 499 New Cases

Nigeria's COVID-19 infections have risen with 499 new cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 30,748.

8 hours ago
  • Sports

Pogba Scores First Goal In Over One Year As United Make Premier League History

    Manchester United should see success as winning the Premier League, not just making the top four, said Paul…

9 hours ago
  • Coronavirus
  • World News

There Are Nearly 150 Prospective COVID-19 Vaccines, 19 In Clinical Trials – WHO

  The World Health Organization (WHO) African region has said there are about 150 prospective COVID-19 vaccines being developed with…

9 hours ago
  • Business

Finance Minister Consults NASS Leadership Over 2021-2023 MTEF, FSP

  Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed on Thursday met with the leadership of the…

10 hours ago
  • Business

Governors To Be Part Of National Economic Sustainability Plan Implementation – Osinbajo

  Some State Governors may soon join in the membership of the Economic Sustainability Committee as the implementation of the…

10 hours ago
  • Local

‘Misunderstanding’: Lebanese Ambassador Walks Out On Reps

  The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, M Houssam Diab, on Thursday, walked out on members of the Nigerian House of…

10 hours ago