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Iran Registers More Than 11,000 Virus Deaths

Iran Registers More Than 11,000 Virus Deaths

Thursday, 2 July, 2020 - 11:30
Iranians wearing protective face masks ride the metro, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tehran, Iran, June 28, 2020. (Reuters)
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Iran's death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached 11,106 on Thursday, the health ministry reported.

"In the past 24 hours, we lost 148 of our compatriots due to infection with COVID-19," health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state TV.

Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in fatalities and new confirmed cases in recent months, after Iran reported a near-two month low in daily recorded infections in early May.

Lari also raised the country's virus caseload to 232,863, with 2,652 new cases registered in the past day.

"Unfortunately, the number of hospitalizations is increasing in most of the country's provinces," she noted.

The resurging overall numbers have seen some previously largely unscathed provinces classified as "red" -- the highest level on Iran's color-coded risk scale -- with authorities allowed to reimpose restrictive measures if required, AFP reported.

They include Bushehr, Hormozgan, Kermanshah, Khuzestan, Khorasan Razavi, Kurdistan, and West and East Azerbaijan, all located along Iran's borders.

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