TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday registered its highest single-day demise toll from COVID-19, state TV reported, bringing the full variety of fatalities to over 70,000 within the nation hardest hit by the coronavirus within the area.
The report mentioned 496 new deaths have been tallied since Sunday, surpassing Iran’s earlier most threatening day in mid-November when 486 have been counted.
The report mentioned officers counted 21,026 extra confirmed circumstances over the identical 24-hour interval that put the full confirmed circumstances at about 2,417,230 because the outbreak in February final 12 months.
Additionally on Monday, Well being Minister Saeed Namaki warned the demise toll might rise within the coming weeks, “We could have two to a few bitter weeks forward that needs to be managed in a correct method,” the official IRNA information company quoted him as saying.
Iranian officers say the Indian variant of the illness is spreading within the nation on the heels of the U.Okay. variant that arrived in Iran from Iraq in March.
On April 10, Iran started a partial lockdown within the capital Tehran and different main cities amid a fourth wave of infections, a worrisome development after greater than a 12 months of the nation battling the Center East’s worst outbreak.
Authorities blame the growing demise toll on a disregard of well being measures in public transportation and household gatherings.
Iran has administered solely 820,000 doses of vaccine in a rustic of 84 million, in keeping with the Well being Ministry.
COVAX, a global collaboration to ship vaccines equitably internationally, delivered its first cargo to Iran from the Netherlands containing 700,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca doses earlier this month.