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Iran records highest single-day virus death toll

Iran’s health ministry says another 221 people with Covid-19 have died - the country's highest single-day figure since its outbreak began in February.

The official death toll has now reached 12,305. The total number of confirmed cases meanwhile rose by 2,079 on Thursday to 250,458.

 

Nine of Iran’s 31 provinces are classified by the government as “red” zones based on the numbers of deaths and infections. Another 10, including Tehran, are "yellow".

"Tehran is facing a very fragile situation," Alireza Zali, the head of the capital's virus task force, warned on Wednesday. "The number of infections, deaths and hospitalisations have been on a sharp rising trajectory in the past 10 days.”

Since April, the government has been trying as much as it can to reopen businesses and revive an economy that was already crippled by US sanctions.

But Mr Zali said restrictions to combat the virus might have to be reinstated in Tehran.

Source: BBC

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