Iran reports more than 100 coronovirus deaths on the fourth day
Tehran: Iran on Wednesday reported more than 100 deaths from the novel coronovirus for the fourth straight day, saying that the infection has spread as it accumulates in high-risk provinces.
The highest level on Iran’s color-coded risk scale, “events such as weddings and funerals, is one of the main causes of coronovirus infection in the Red Provinces,” Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirachi said.
“In one province, 120 people were infected in one wedding,” the ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Saadat Lari said 120 new deaths in the last 24 hours reduced Iran’s overall toll to 9,158.
It is Iran’s highest single day since April 11.
Lari said another 2,612 tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total confirmed cases to 195,051.
Iran reported its first coronavirus cases on 19 February, and has since struggled to prevent the outbreak.
Official figures have shown a growing trajectory in newly confirmed cases since early May, when Iran attacked daily recorded infections at a nearly two-month low.
Doubts have been expressed at home and abroad about Iran’s official figures, with concerns the actual toll could be much higher.