Iran coronavirus death toll rises by 47 to 6,203 - health ministry


Iran confirmed 47 more fatalities from coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the nationwide to 6,203, according to the official IRNA news agency. Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 976 new infections were detected over the past 24 hours in the country.

The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak in Iran rose by 47 over the past 24 hours to 6,203, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on state TV on Sunday.

Iran, one of the Middle Eastern countries hardest hit by the outbreak, has a total of 97,424 cases of the coronavirus, he said.

The government did not impose a total lockdown as seen in many other countries, but did close educational institutions and banned cultural, religious, and sports gatherings.

Authorities, meanwhile, have in phases since April 11 allowed the reopening of businesses closed as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 cases have been reported in 187 countries and regions since it emerged in Wuhan, China last December, with the US and Europe the hardest-hit areas.

The pandemic has killed almost 244,000 people, with total infections over 3.4 million, while just over 1 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

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