Iran coronavirus loss of life tops 9,500

Iranian health authorities Saturday announced quite 100 new deaths from coronavirus and another 2,000 cases of the illness, because the country’s fight against the pandemic entered its fifth month.

Iran reported its first coronavirus cases on February 19, and it’s since struggled to contain the outbreak, the worst within the Middle East .

The Islamic republic’s official figures have shown an upward trajectory in new cases of infection since early May.

Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said there have been 115 fatalities within the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s price to 9,507.

There were also 2,322 new cases of infection, with the entire number of confirmed cases now at 202,584, she added.

There has been scepticism reception and abroad about Iran’s official figures, with concerns the important toll might be much higher.

President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday warned that stress created by the disease could leave people “depressed”.

He called on experts and artists to organize Iranians mentally “to fight the virus for an extended time”.

“Without perseverance and continuity, we risk losing all our gains,” he said during a gathering of a taskforce found out to fight the pandemic.

Rouhani also confirmed his government’s decision to permit provinces to form their own decisions on restrictive measures, implemented with “the president’s approval”.

Seven of Iran’s 31 provinces — Khuzestan, Khorasan Razavi, Kermanshah, West and East Azerbaijan, Golestan and Kurdistan — are currently “red”, the very best level on its colour-coded risk scale, Lari said.

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