Iran's coronavirus death toll rises to 3294 - Health Ministry

Iran Warns Of Another Year Of Crisis As COVID-19 Deaths Rise To 3,160

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"The sanctions have blocked Iran's banking interaction with other countries in the purchase of commodities required in the fight against the coronavirus", Baqaei Hamaneh said in a letter to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, Xinhua reported citing the state TV. Developed by a consortium of Iranian universities in only one month, it uses artificial intelligence to analyze computed tomography (CT) scans of potentially infected lungs, allowing doctors to upload images and instantly receive results.

Larijani, 62, is close to the Iranian leadership and president and was re-elected in 2016 for a second term as parliament speaker. United States sanctions restricting access to test kits have forced innovation in one of the region's most affected countries.

According to the Health Ministry on Thursday, the death toll has risen to 3,160 while a total of 50,468 infections has been recorded.

"Coronavirus is not something for which we can point to a certain date and say it will be completely eradicated by then", he said.

He said 16,711 of those hospitalised had so far recovered.

After weeks of refraining from imposing a lockdown or quarantine measures, Tehran decided last week to ban all intercity travel until at least April 8.

"Even a medium level of virus here can spread to nearby cities with the high level of job-related traffic between nearby cities and Tehran", said Harirchi, who has himself been ill with COVID-19.

"Artificially limiting the flow of worldwide humanitarian assistance to pursue a political point will not only allow the Iranian government to deflect responsibility for its own botched response, it will increase the threat this virus poses to the American people, now and in the future", he said.

It has discouraged travel, cancelled the main weekly Friday prayers and temporarily closed parliament.

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