Iran COVID-19 deaths top 30,000 - health ministry

Cheryl Sanders
October 17, 2020

Iran reported that 279 people succumbed to the virus on Wednesday, which is the highest-ever single-day death toll in the country, the state-run Tasnim News Agency reported.

USA officials said in October 2019 that the United States had carried out a cyber attack on Iran after drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blamed on Tehran.

Also Wednesday, the United Arab Emirates reported a record number of coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day, with 1,431 new infections.

Iran has been struggling with the coronavirus since announcing its first cases in February. Cases have risen steadily since then, despite authorities implementing a variety of mitigation measures.


Meanwhile in Iraq, coronavirus-related deaths surpassed 10,000 from among more than 347,000 confirmed cases, according to government figures on Wednesday.

She mentioned that 4,721 virus sufferers are in essential situation. Prior to now week, the federal government mandated that every one Tehran residents put on face masks outdoor and in public locations, warning violators could be fined. Officials promised those who tested positive would be closely tracked.

Motion restrictions this spring considerably checked the unfold of the illness.

The rial currency was trading at a new low of about 322,000 per dollar on Saturday on the unofficial market, according to the foreign exchange website Bonbast.com, hit by worries over new US sanctions that may block some Iranian medicine purchases. Because the dying toll soared this week, the nation's foreign money plunged to its lowest stage ever, following the US administration's determination final week to blacklist Iranian banks that had thus far escaped the majority of re-imposed American sanctions.


The ministry said another four people died from the virus, pushing the overall death toll to 459. Total recoveries are at 106,354.

Recorded infections have soared again in recent weeks, as authorities have relaxed restrictions and resumed schools for in-person instruction. Harirchi added that there are large numbers of patients in hospitals being treated as COVID-19 cases but who had not been tested, whose tests came out as false negatives or whose symptoms are not the same as those listed by the World Health Organization and who are therefore not counted in the official numbers. Dubai, the region's business hub, recently reopened its airport for worldwide travelers.

The UAE is engaged in an aggressive testing marketing campaign, with over 11 million exams carried out in a rustic residence to over 9 million individuals.

Iran is experiencing its third surge of coronavirus infections and says its fight against the coronavirus has been hampered by USA sanctions, which have limited its crude oil sales and its access to foreign banks.


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