Iran reports 3,574 new coronavirus infections, its highest yet

Iranians, some wearing face masks, walk along a street in the capital Tehran on June 3, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. (AFP)
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Updated 04 June 2020

Iran reports 3,574 new coronavirus infections, its highest yet

  • A health ministry spokesman said 59 people had died of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours
  • A total of 164,270 people have tested positive for the virus in Iran

TEHRAN: Iran announced 3,574 new coronavirus infections Thursday, its highest daily count since the outbreak began in February.
It was the fourth straight day that the daily caseload had topped 3,000. The previous high was 3,186, recorded on March 30, at the height of the initial outbreak.
Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said that the surge in new cases might be the result of wider testing rather than a second wave of infection.
He said that Iran had now conducted more than a million tests.
But the health ministry has been taking no chances and has stepped up a public health campaign in recent days reminding people to protect themselves and observe social distancing.
The ministry spokesman said 59 people had died of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, taking Iran’s overall official toll to 8,071.
A total of 164,270 people have tested positive for the virus.


Health checkups for expatriate workers to return

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Health checkups for expatriate workers to return

  • Kuwait’s coronavirus tally, just over 54,000, had recent cases attributable to people involved in active transmission

DUBAI: Health inspections for expatriate workers in Kuwait will resume with the reopening of testing centers at a limited capacity to ensure coronavirus safety measures are complied with.

Health inspection centers will also accept online registration to adapt to a 30 percent capacity requirement during the first phase of easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown, public health director Dr. Fahad Al-Ghimlas said in a report from state news agency KUNA.

Those registering online will be directed to inspection centers nearest to their addresses or workplaces and expatriate workers can choose their testing schedules based on available timeslots.

The four testing centers – in Shuwaikh, Sabhan, Fahaheel and Jahra – will ensure safety protocols are implemented, including the wearing of masks and social distancing.

Meanwhile, local officials closed a record 122 shops for violating health standards and failing to maintaining social distancing in their selling areas.

Some of the shops included Friday Market, a large supermarket at Mirqab, and a furniture company at a mall, according to Municipality Director Ahmad Al-Manfouhi.

Municipality officials previously sealed off 113 shops before the June 30 phase two of Kuwait’s coronavirus lockdown easing was implement.

Kuwait’s coronavirus tally, just over 54,000, had recent cases attributable to people involved in active transmission.