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Ministry: Iran's COVID-19 Death Toll Above 30,000

Ministry: Iran's COVID-19 Death Toll Above 30,000

Saturday, 17 October, 2020 - 13:30
People wear protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the Tajrish traditional bazaar in northern Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus pandemic has crossed the 30,000 mark, the health ministry announced Saturday.


"We have lost 253 of our fellow citizens to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours," ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told a daily briefing.


The latest deaths raised the overall toll to 30,123 for the eight months since Iran reported its first fatalities from the novel coronavirus.


Tehran and four other major cities have been largely sealed off since Wednesday and most public places in the capital, a city of some nine million people, closed since October 3.


Tehran province governor Anoushiravan Mohseni Bandpey announced an extension of the measures until at least Friday, state media reported.


Iran recorded 4,103 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total caseload so far to 526,490, the ministry spokeswoman added.


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