Tehran | Iran announced on Friday that 122 additional deaths due to novel coronavirus, bringing to 4232 dead the official death toll in this country, the most affected by the pandemic in the Near and Middle East.
The ministry of Health has documented 1972 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 68 192, said Kianouche Jahanpour, a spokesperson for the ministry of Health, during his daily press briefings.
“These last 24 hours, we have unfortunately seen an increase in cases in probably five to eight provinces tourist, in which Tehran”, he stressed.
This announcement comes a day before Iran is poised to re-open businesses that are “low risk” of spread of the virus in order to protect the economy hit by the u.s. sanctions.
The islamic Republic of Iran has announced the first cases of contamination by the virus on the 19th of February.
Abroad, some sources suspect the official figures for the iranians to be under-estimated.
In order to curb the virus, the authorities have closed schools and universities, as well as theaters, stadiums, and the principal places of worship for shi’a.