Iran has passed the threshold of 320,000 cases of coronavirus in the past few hours, including around 18,000 deaths. This emerges from the balance sheet presented by the spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Sima Sadat Lari, this Thursday.
Sadat Lari has stated that 2,634 positive and 174 deaths were recorded in these 24 hours, so that the balance of COVID-19 in the Islamic Republic is already 320,117 infections and 17,976 deaths.
The ministerial spokeswoman quoted by the IRNA news agency has explained in detail that of the total of confirmed cases, 277,463 correspond to already recovered people, while 4,156 are admitted to intensive care units.
Those numbers are part of the surge in infections the Persian nation has been suffering from since the de-escalation began in May, prompting Iranian President Hasan Rohani to talk about a “second wave” of the coronavirus.
In this regard, Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Tuesday removed the possibility of imposing sanctions on those who do not follow the recommendations of health authorities in order to prevent the virus from spreading. “Various sanctions have proven effective in many countries,” he said.