Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000

Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000 killed

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that 29,870 people in Iran have lost their lives due to the novel coronavirus so far, up by 265 from a day ago.

On Wednesday it reported record daily figures of 279 deaths and 4,830 new coronavirus infections. Many Iranians travel to Mashhad, some 900 kilometers (560 miles) northeast of Tehran, to visit the tomb of Imam Reza, Iran's holiest Shiite site. Iran has seen the worst outbreak in the Middle East, with more than 526,000 confirmed cases.

Lari added that there are 4,721 virus patients that are in critical condition. In the past week, the government mandated that all Tehran residents wear face masks outdoors and in public places, warning violators would be fined. Then the federal government swiftly reopened the nation, determined to spice up its stricken financial system.

Long before the virus hit, Iran's economy was ailing, pummeled by United States sanctions after the Trump administration's unilateral withdrawal in 2018 from Tehran's nuclear accord with world powers. 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. 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 has reopened its airport for global travelers and embarked on an active campaign promoting itself as a tourism destination amid the pandemic.

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. Sources told Reuters that government-backed Iranian hackers tried to access the personal email accounts of World Health Organization (WHO) staff at the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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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