TEHRAN: Iran reported 216 new deaths from the novel coronavirus on Sunday, calling on its residents to watch health protocols extra intently to ease the burden on exhausted medical workers.
The Islamic republic introduced its first coronavirus instances on February 19 and the outbreak shortly grew to become the Middle East’s deadliest.
Declared coronavirus deaths have surged for the reason that finish of June and claimed greater than 200 lives practically each day previously week, together with a report 229 on Tuesday.
“Our biggest concerns are the infection and fatigue of medical staff,” health ministry spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari mentioned in a televised briefing on Sunday.
“We can help them and prevent the spread of the disease” by observing primary pointers resembling hand-washing, mask-wearing, and social distancing, she added.
Iran mentioned earlier this month that 5,000 health employees had been contaminated with the novel coronavirus and 140 had misplaced their lives.
According to Lari, the 216 fatalities recorded previously 24 hours dropped at 15,700 the general loss of life toll within the nation’s outbreak.
An extra 2,333 new instances of an infection have been confirmed over the identical interval, she added, taking the full to 291,172.
The official mentioned that 12 of Iran’s 31 provinces have been labeled as “red” and 13 have been on “alert” or near purple.
Red is the best class on the nation’s coronavirus threat scale. Authorities have made masks necessary in enclosed public areas and allowed the hardest-hit provinces, together with Tehran, to reimpose restrictions that had been progressively lifted since April to reopen Iran’s sanctions-hit financial system.