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Iran’s COVID-19 cases pass 103,000

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Head of Iranian Health Ministry’s Public Relations Office Kianoush Jahanpour said on Thursday that some 68 more Iranians died of coronavirus over the past 24 hours.

A total of 82,744 people out of 103,135 infected with the coronavirus have survived and recovered while, unfortunately, the total number of deaths reached 6,486, according to local media.

Jahanpour said that 1,485 new infected cases had been detected since yesterday.

Over the last 24 hours, 68 people died due to the deadly virus, he added.

The Iranian official noted that 2,728 cases are in critical condition.

He added that 544,702 tests have so far carried out in Iran.

Iran has taken numerous steps to stop the spread of the disease, ranging from closing down schools and universities to cancellation of cultural and religious gatherings. The country is also continually disinfecting and sanitizing public places.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged in late 2019 in China’s Hubei province, and the virus has spread to 212 countries and territories since then.

To date, COVID-19 cases surpassed 3,740,000 globally, resulting in more than 1,247,000 recoveries and over 258,000 deaths.

On February 11, the WHO officially named the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as COVID-19, and on March 11, declared it a pandemic.

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