Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 286,523, with 2,489 new cases reported


TEHRAN, July 24 (Xinhua) — Iran’s confirmed novel coronavirus cases rose to 286,523 on Friday after an overnight registration of 2,489 new infections, according to official IRNA news agency.

During her daily briefing, Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,504 were hospitalized.

The pandemic has so far claimed the 15,289 lives in Iran, up by 215 in the past 24 hours, she said.

So far, 249,212 have recovered and been discharged from hospitals and 3,653 remain in critical condition.

According to Lari, 2,278,384 lab tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Iran as of Friday.

Iran’s health official said that 25 provinces are still in high-risk or on alert condition.

Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 19.

In mid-February, at the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak in China, Iran lit up the Tehran Azadi (Liberty) Tower to show its solidarity with China, and donated 3 million masks to China.

In return, China has delivered several shipments of medical supplies to Iran. On Feb. 29, a five-member Chinese medical team visited Iran for a month-long mission to help Iran fight the pandemic. Enditem


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