Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000 killed

Elias Hubbard
October 17, 2020

Iran announced Saturday that its death toll from the coronavirus has passed the milestone of 30,000 killed, in what has been the Mideast region's worst outbreak. Among those recently infected is the head of the country's atomic energy organization while Iran's vice president in charge of budget and planning tested positive on Sunday.

Iran had earlier blamed the US, Israel and some other countries of trying to break into its networks, saying that the country's agencies have been placed on high alert for hacking attempts.

The country recorded historic highs in daily deaths three times this week, including Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

Lately reopened universities and faculties, in addition to libraries, mosques, cinemas, museums and wonder salons, shut down. 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.

The death tolls released by the Health Ministry are based on those who had tested positive, he said.

Movement restrictions this spring somewhat checked the spread of the disease. Then the government swiftly reopened the country, desperate to boost its stricken economy.

Tensions have escalated between the USA and Iran since Trump in 2018 withdrew America from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers and began a policy of "maximum pressure" on Tehran.

She also said that 2,031 new cases have been hospitalized in the past 24 hours while 4,671 are in critical condition. But actual numbers might be higher, doctors in Baghdad and Iraq's south said, as patients showing mild to moderate virus symptoms often stay at home and do not get tested for COVID-19. Total recoveries are at 106,354. Dubai, the region's business hub, recently reopened its airport for global 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 US sanctions, which have limited its crude oil sales and its access to foreign banks.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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