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Iran marks highest single-day COVID-19 loss of life toll

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday registered its highest single-day loss of life 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 instances over the identical 24-hour interval that put the full confirmed instances at about 2,417,230 because the outbreak in February final yr.

Additionally on Monday, Well being Minister Saeed Namaki warned the loss of life toll could rise within the coming weeks, “We may have two to a few bitter weeks forward that ought to be managed in a correct approach,” 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.Ok. 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 pattern after greater than a yr of the nation battling the Center East’s worst outbreak.

Authorities blame the growing loss of life 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 the world over, delivered its first cargo to Iran from the Netherlands containing 700,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca doses earlier this month.

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