Coronavirus: Iran on “red alert” due to rising death toll


A senior Iranian health official has declared the whole country a ‘red alert’ due to the coronavirus as daily deaths and cases are rising at an alarming rate, Iranian state television reported today.

Iran, one of the most affected countries by the pandemic in the Middle East, is divided into ‘white’, ‘orange / yellow’ and ‘red’ regions according to the number of cases and deaths.

The death toll rose by 144 to 23,952 today, while the total number of confirmed cases rose by 3,049 to 416,198, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Larry told state television.

“Color categorization no longer makes sense. We no longer have orange and yellow. The whole country is ‘red’,” Deputy Health Minister Iraz Harirtsi told state television. “If the current course continues, the death toll will reach 45,000,” he added, without giving a specific timetable.

In the northeastern city of Tabriz, for example, the number of hospitalized patients rose from less than 40 a day to 160, and in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Kom, it rose from 10 a day to 160, Harici said, without giving a specific timeline. framework for these increases.

He said that only the use of 95% of the masks and the reduction of 50% of the gatherings can reduce the death toll.



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