Iran's COVID-19 death toll tops 30,000

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TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 253 news COVID-19 death cases on Saturday, bringing the total fatality over the epidemic in Iran to 30,123.

According to Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, 4,103 new patients were diagnosed over the past 24 hours, raising the total confirmed number in the country to 526,490.

A total of 423,921 people have recovered from the disease and been discharged from hospitals, while 4,721 remain in intensive care units, Lari said during her daily briefing.

According to the spokeswoman, 4,482,263 tests for the virus have been carried out in Iran as of Saturday.

Currently, the risk of infection is high in 27 Iranian provinces, Lari noted.

Following the COVID-19 resurgence in Iran over the past weeks, the health authorities have reintroduced strict protective measures, including intercity travel bans in some regions of the country and compulsory use of face masks in the capital Tehran. They have urged people to avoid unnecessary outings.

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 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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