Over 850,000 Iranians Contract Coronavirus: Ministry

Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman has confirmed 13,053 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 854,361.

In a press briefing on Sunday, Sima-Sadat Lari said the virus has also killed 475 patients since Saturday noon, increasing the overall death toll to 44,802.

She said so far 603,445 patients have recovered from the disease or been discharged from the hospital.

Lari went on to say that 5,796 patients are also in critical conditions caused by more severe infection.

The spokeswoman noted that 5,788,016 COVID-19 tests have been taken across the country so far.

She said the high-risk “red” zones include Tehran, Qom, Mazandaran, East Azarbaijan, Isfahan, Yazd, Ardabil, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Hamadan, West Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Alborz, Lorestan, Markazi, Ilam, South Khorasan, Kermanshah, North Khorasan, Semnan, Gilan, Zanjan, Qazvin, Kurdistan, and Kerman provinces.

The “orange” and “yellow” zones also include Golestan, Hormozgan, Fars, and Sistan and Baluchestan provinces, she added.

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