Iran breaks its record for most new virus cases in one day

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Iran breaks its record for most new virus cases in one day
Una mujer con mascarilla, cubrebocas y guantes por el coronavirus, camina por el mercado Tajrish, en Teherán, Irán, el 15 de octubre de 2020.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday reported its highest single-day toll of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,000 new infections, as the country struggles to cope with a surge in transmission.

Iran’s health ministry also reported that 322 people had died from the virus, pushing the death toll over 31,000. The new infection count Tuesday eclipsed the previous high of 4,830 last week, shining a light on the nation’s floundering efforts to combat the virus.

Health minister Saeed Namaki made a dramatic appeal for people to follow health guidance measures, saying that without public help, “the pandemic in this country will not get better and we'll have to collect the bodies," the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

“People, be aware, I, as the health minister, cannot fix this epidemic and the situation alone," he said.

Iran, which emerged early on as an epicenter of the virus, has seen its worst wave of deaths from the illness in recent weeks. Monday’s death toll shattered its previous single-day record, prompting state news outlets to declare it a “black day.”

Hospitals in the hard-hit capital of Tehran are overflowing. Last week, health officials announced that the city had run out of intensive care beds for virus patients.

In a grim reminder of outbreak's heavy toll on medical workers, Hamidreza Azizi, deputy head of Iran’s nurses' organization, announced Tuesday that 31,000 nurses have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 6,000 currently sick and staying home from work and 54 confirmed dead, according to state-run IRNA news agency.


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Una mujer con mascarilla, cubrebocas y guantes por el coronavirus, camina por el mercado Tajrish, en Teherán, Irán, el 15 de octubre de 2020. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday reported its highest single-day toll of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,000 new infections, as the country struggles to cope with a surge in transmission.

Iran’s health ministry also reported that 322 people had died from the virus, pushing the death toll over 31,000. The new infection count Tuesday eclipsed the previous high of 4,830 last week, shining a light on the nation’s floundering efforts to combat the virus.

Health minister Saeed Namaki made a dramatic appeal for people to follow health guidance measures, saying that without public help, “the pandemic in this country will not get better and we’ll have to collect the bodies,禄 the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

“People, be aware, I, as the health minister, cannot fix this epidemic and the situation alone,禄 he said.

Iran, which emerged early on as an epicenter of the virus, has seen its worst wave of deaths from the illness in recent weeks. Monday’s death toll shattered its previous single-day record, prompting state news outlets to declare it a “black day.”

Hospitals in the hard-hit capital of Tehran are overflowing. Last week, health officials announced that the city had run out of intensive care beds for virus patients.

In a grim reminder of outbreak’s heavy toll on medical workers, Hamidreza Azizi, deputy head of Iran’s nurses’ organization, announced Tuesday that 31,000 nurses have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 6,000 currently sick and staying home from work and 54 confirmed dead, according to state-run IRNA news agency.

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