"2,628 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country in the past 24 hours based on confirmed diagnosis tests and 1,356 patients have been hospitalized," Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Friday.
Sadat Lari added the total number of the coronavirus patients in the country has reached 217,724.
“Unfortunately, 109 patients have lost their lives during the past 24 hours, totaling the number of the dead to 10,239,” she further said.
The ministry’s spokeswoman expressed pleasure that 177,852 coronavirus patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
Sadat Lari stressed that 2,912 patients are in critical conditions.
She also informed that 1,557,872 COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been conducted so far in the country.
“Although in Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces we have witnessed a decrease in hospitalization, the condition is still red,” Sadat Lari underlined, noting, “Khuzestan, Hormozgan, West Azarabaijan and Bushehr provinces are also in red condition.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said earlier this month that over 1,000 medical centers in the country have received necessary equipment to conduct tests on people suspected of infection to coronavirus, and added that Iran ranks first in the Muslim world in scientific achievements.
"Based on a report [by the health ministry], 1,200 centers across the country are ready to take samples and tests from people and 17,500 nursing and health homes are also prepared to provide hygiene and treatment services to people," Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the national coronavirus campaign headquarters in Tehran.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting approximately all countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has so far killed more than 492,000 people and infected over 9.73 million others globally.
The Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Although US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
As the death toll from the virus surges, Iran intensifies its preventive safety measures. Closures of schools and most universities have been extended until further notice.