Tehran | The indicator of the new confirmed cases of patients affected by the maladieCOVID-19 in Iran has dropped below the bar of the 3000 in 24 hours after its peak on Thursday, according to official figures published on Friday.
The health authorities have identified 2.886 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus in 24 hours, bringing to 167 156 the number of people who contracted the disease in Iran since the announcement of the first cases in February, announced the spokesman of the ministry of Health, Kianouche Jahanpour.
Started to rise since the beginning of the month of may, the indicator of new infection had reached a record on Thursday with 3574 new registered patients within 24 hours, after three days above the bar of the 3,000 cases daily.
Between Thursday and Friday, the authorities have recorded 63 new deaths due to the disease, said Dr. Jahanpour on State television.
This is 8134 dead the official death toll from the epidemic in Iran, the Middle East countries most affected by the epidemic.
Since April, the authorities have never imposed confinement, have gradually lifted the restrictions and measures to prevent the spread of the virus, to the point that the life has returned to being almost normal in the majority of the 31 provinces of the country.
The trend of increase of new cases of COVID-19 observed from the low point touched on 2 may, however, concerned about the authorities multiply warnings and urge the public not to forget that the disease is still there.
This increase could be linked to the multiplication of tests, of which over a million have been made, according to the ministry of Health, while the testing becomes more systematic.
But foreign experts as well as some iranian officials suspect the official figures to be greatly underestimated.
Mr. Jahanpour, recalled that the province of Khouzestan (south-west) still remains “red”, that is to say that the risk of disease is considered to be maximum and that many restrictions apply.
He also indicated that seven other provinces, mainly in the south and west of the country, are in a “state of alert” sanitary, or two less than Wednesday.
In these areas, added the spokesperson, “people should strictly follow the instructions of social distancing, wearing a mask and avoid unnecessary travel”.