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Iran Virus Cases Top 150,000 as it Struggles to Contain Outbreak

Iran Virus Cases Top 150,000 as it Struggles to Contain Outbreak

Sunday, 31 May, 2020 - 11:45
A customer wears a protective masks at a pharmacy in the Iranian capital Tehran on February 24, 2020. (AFP)
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Iran said its caseload of novel coronavirus infections passed the grim milestone of 150,000 on Sunday, as the country struggles to contain a recent upward trend.


The government has largely lifted the restrictions it imposed in order to halt a COVID-19 outbreak that first emerged in mid-February.


But the health ministry has warned of a potential virus resurgence with new cluster outbreaks in a number of provinces.


Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 2,516 new cases were confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 151,466.


Infections have been on a rising trajectory in the country since hitting a near two-month low on May 2.


Jahanpour said the virus had claimed another 63 lives over the same period, raising the overall toll to 7,797.


So far, the government has reimposed a lockdown only in Khuzestan province on Iran's southwestern border with Iraq.


It remains "red", the highest level on Iran's color-coded risk scale.


Experts both at home and abroad have voiced skepticism about Iran's official figures, saying the real toll could be much higher.


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