Egypt reports 12 new cases, Palestine 7 cases and Iraq reports two deaths
Dubai: A total of 17 coronavirus patients has died in Iran on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths in the Islamic Republic to 124, according to Sky News Arabia.
Iranian health authorities has also detected 1,234 new cases infected with Covid-19, which is a record number in the recent days, taking the tally of confirmed cases to 4,747, Kyanosh Jahanpur, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Health, said.
“The new cases were probably infected with the virus two weeks ago (from outside the country) and came back to Iran after they developed symptoms,” AFP reported quoting the official.
This comes at a time when the Iranian people are panicked by the government plans developed to deal with possible infections where 300,000 individuals, including Basij forces, are set to be deployed to conduct tests for people in their homes. This has raised fears of transmission.
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