Iran reports record daily toll of 229 COVID-19 deaths

TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday (Jul 21) reported a new single-day record death toll of 229 from COVID-19, after weeks of rising numbers in the Middle East's worst-hit country.

"Sadly, we lost 229 of our compatriots to the COVID-19 infection in the past 24 hours," health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.

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"This raises the overall toll to 14,634," she said in televised remarks.

READ: 25 million Iranians may have been infected with COVID-19: President Rouhani

Iran announced its previous record COVID-19 death toll of 221 on Jul 9.

The Islamic republic has been battling a resurgence of the virus, with official figures showing a rise in both new infections and deaths since a two-month low in May.

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Lari also raised the country's caseload to 278,827, with 2,625 more people testing positive for the disease in the past day.

Iran reported its first cases in the holy city of Qom in February.

The rising toll has prompted authorities to make masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces and to allow the hardest-hit provinces to reimpose restrictive measures, with Tehran included.

Iran closed schools, cancelled public events and banned movements between its provinces in March, but gradually lifted restrictions from April to try to reopen its sanctions-hit economy.

Hospitals in Iran face acute shortages of medical personnel and beds as the country tackles a powerful second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official with Tehrans anti-coronavirus task force, Reza Jalili-Khoshnood, said last week.

His comments contrasted with President Hassan Rouhanis regular assurances that Iran has sufficient supplies of medical personnelRead More – Source