Coronavirus: Iran Reports 180,000 Total Cases

  • 2,238 new patients with COVID-19 have been identified in the country.
  • The total number of patients with COVID-19 in the country reached 180,156.
  • President Hassan Rouhani has said that more people must be identified if there are more tests.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Medical Education Iran said that “180,156 people have been infected with the coronavirus so far, and with the death of 78 people in the last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus deaths in the country has reached 8,584.” That was according to Entekhab Professional News Site.

On 19 February 2020, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of infections in Qom. As of June 12, there were 180,156 reported cases and 8,584 deaths. Both figures are rumored to be substantially higher.

According to Entekhab, Sima Sadat Lari added on Tuesday about the latest statistics on the definite outbreak of coronavirus and the cases of its death in the country: 2,238 new patients with COVID-19 have been identified in the country.

Among the new patients, 688 were hospitalized and 1,550 were outpatients or in contact with the identified patients. Taking into account the new cases, the total number of patients with COVID-19 in the country reached 180,156.

She continued, “during the last 24 hours, 78 other patients with COVID-19 have died in the country, and since the outbreak of this disease in the country, 8,584 people have lost their lives so far.”

Sadat Lari stated that according to these reports, 142,663 patients with COVID-19 have been cured in the country and have been discharged from the hospital, and 2,728 of these patients are in critical condition and are undergoing intensive care in the ICU.

She said, “so far, 1,173,208 tests have been performed on the diagnosis of COVID-19 in the country.” Sadat Lari added Khuzestan, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, Kerman, and Hormozgan provinces are in a red or warning state.

She said, “reports indicate that health protocols are not properly observed in most cities and the number of health protocols has been reduced to a quarter. We hope that people will avoid non-traffic by observing health protocols and physical distance.”

The need to use masks in public places will help to better control the COVID-19 epidemic.

Increase in the Number of Infections

Hassan Rouhani is the seventh and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has been a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts since 1999, and was Chief Nuclear Negotiator from 2003 to 2005. He was re-elected President in 2017.

Social interactions have increased a lot since the lockdown was lifted, but officials say the number of new infections has risen so much that more people are now being tested.

President Hassan Rouhani has said that more people must be identified if there are more tests. Mohamed Mehdi Gowia, a chief epidemiologist at the country’s health ministry, explained, “the reason for the increase is that we are starting to identify people who have no symptoms or very mild symptoms.”

One in every 69 people is now being tested, compared to one in every 360 two months ago. Even then, looking at the proportion of people who are positive, it is clear that the rate of infection is on the rise from mid-May to the end of May. Of those tested on May 29, 11% were positive, but by June 6, the positive detection rate had risen to 14%.

The country’s health officials say the number of one-day deaths has been below 100 since mid-April. However, experts say that it will not be known for several weeks what effect the increase in infection will have on the death rate.

A report by the Research Center of the Iranian Parliament states that the official death toll is double the actual death toll. The death toll provided by the Iranian government includes only hospital deaths.

Health Minister Saeed Namaki said people were ignoring the rules on social distance. “If our people don’t follow the rules of health,” he said,  “then we have to be prepared for a terrible situation.”

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