Iran’s daily virus deaths near record high

People wearing protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus walk on a sidewalk in the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (205 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 06 July 2020

Iran’s daily virus deaths near record high

  • The Islamic republic has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of novel coronavirus since late February
  • Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in deaths

TEHRAN: Iran on Monday reported 160 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, close to the country’s highest single-day toll announced the previous day.
The Islamic republic has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of novel coronavirus since late February.
The new deaths bring the total fatalities recorded to 11,731, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state television.
She also raised the country’s caseload to 243,051 with 2,613 people testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
Iran’s highest daily toll of 163 fatalities from the disease was announced on Sunday.
Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in deaths and new confirmed cases since Iran reported a near two month low in daily recorded infections in early May.
The worsening situation has prompted the government to make the wearing of face masks mandatory in closed public spaces.
According to Lari, nine of Iran’s 31 provinces are classified as “red,” the highest category in the country’s virus risk ranking.


Gaza gets vital medical aid as hospitals struggle with rising infections

Updated 29 November 2020

Gaza gets vital medical aid as hospitals struggle with rising infections

GAZA: The World Health Organization delivered 15 ventilators to Gaza hospitals on Sunday amid a spike in COVID-19 infections that has tested the Palestinian territory’s under-developed health system.
The donation of the intensive care devices, funded by Kuwait, came a week after local and international public health advisers said hospitals in the enclave could soon become overwhelmed.
“These devices will help medical teams provide better service to patients, but it is not enough,” said Abdullatif AlHajj of Gaza’s health ministry.
AlHajj said hospitals had suffered acute shortages in oxygen essential in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Gaza has logged nearly 20,000 coronavirus cases and 97 deaths, mostly since August, amid concern of a wider outbreak in the densely populated enclave of 2 million people, many of whom live in poverty.
The Gaza Health Ministry said 342 COVID-19 patients, of whom 108 are in critical condition, are being treated in the territory’s hospitals, which have been able to expand their intensive care units to 150 beds over the past week.
It said more than half of the territory’s 150 ventilators are in use.
“The health system right now can hold on for a few weeks after the expansion of beds,” said Abdelnaser Soboh, emergency health lead in the World Health Organization’s Gaza sub-office.
Soboh said Gaza is also experiencing severe shortages of medications and disposable equipment needed to treat COVID-19 patients.
Palestinians in Hamas Islamist-run Gaza say 13 years of economic sanctions by Israel and its border blockade have crippled their economy and undermined the development of medical facilities, weakening their ability to tackle a pandemic.
Israel, which cites security concerns for the border restrictions it imposes along with neighboring Egypt, says it has not limited the transfer of medical supplies to Gaza to fight the pandemic.