Iran’s death toll over COVID-19 surpasses 15,000

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TEHRAN, July 23 (Xinhua) — Total fatalities over the novel coronavirus in Iran hit 15,074 on Thursday after registration of 221 deaths overnight, Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily update on Thursday.

Over the past 24 hours, 2,621 new infections were registered, taking the total confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the country to 284,034 on Thursday, Lari said, according to the state TV.

So far, 247,230 patients have recovered and 3,667 remain in critical condition, said Lari.

According to the health spokesperson, 2,254,123 lab tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Iran as of Thursday.

She said 25 Iranian provinces are in high-risk or alert condition over the disease.

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

Iran and China have offered mutual help in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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