Iran reports over 100 new virus deaths for third day running

Nurses tend to COVID-19 patients at the Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital in Tehran, Iran. (File/AP)
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Updated 21 June 2020

Iran reports over 100 new virus deaths for third day running

  • There has been skepticism at home and abroad about Iran’s official figures
  • Iran reported its first coronavirus cases on February 19 and has since struggled to contain the outbreak

TEHRAN: Iranian health authorities reported over 100 new deaths from the novel coronavirus Sunday for the third day running, stressing that the outbreak had not yet peaked in the hard-hit country.
Iran reported its first coronavirus cases on February 19 and has since struggled to contain the outbreak, the deadliest in the Middle East.
The Islamic republic recorded its lowest single-day death toll in early May, before seeing a new rise in cases in recent weeks.
Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the 116 deaths reported Sunday had brought the country’s overall COVID-19 toll to 9,623.
Health Minister Said Namaki however denied that the country was facing a second wave of the respiratory illness and said “the peak of the disease has not passed.”

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“Even in provinces where we think the first coronavirus wave is behind us, we have not yet fully experienced the first wave,” he was quoted as saying by semi-official news agency ISNA.
Iranian authorities have not imposed a mandatory lockdown on the population but closed schools, canceled public events and banned movement between the country’s 31 provinces in March, before gradually easing restrictions starting in April.
According to Lari, four provinces — Khuzestan, Hormozgan, Kermanshah and East Azerbaijan — were currently “red,” the highest level on the country’s color-coded risk scale.
She added that 2,368 new infections had been confirmed, bringing to 204,952 the total number of cases in the country.
There has been skepticism at home and abroad about Iran’s official figures, with concerns the real toll could be much higher.


Report: 9 killed in car crash in Egypt’s Nile Delta

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Report: 9 killed in car crash in Egypt’s Nile Delta

  • The crash took place when a microbus collided with a small truck on a highway in the Nile Delta town of Banha

CAIRO: A car crash on Sunday left at least nine people dead and seven others injured north of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the state-run news agency said.
The MENA news agency said the crash took place when a microbus collided with a small truck on a highway in the Nile Delta town of Banha, around 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Cairo.
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital, MENA said. The report blamed speeding for the crash.
Deadly traffic crashes claim thousands of lives every year in Egypt, which has a poor transportation safety record. These crashes are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or poor enforcement of traffic laws.
The country’s official statistics agency says more than 8,000 road accidents took place in 2018, leaving over 3,000 dead and around 12,000 injured.