Iran announced a record high number of deaths per day

Health workers prepare a solution to disinfect an area in Tehran. Photo: Reuters.
Health workers prepare a solution to disinfect an area in Tehran. Photo: Reuters.

To date, Iran has nearly 14,000 people infected and 724 people died from Covid-19 in Iran, making the Islamic nation the third most affected country in the world.

According to Reuters, an Iranian Ministry of Health official updated the country’s current situation of the Covid-19 epidemic on Twitter on March 15.

“Within the past 24 hours, 1,209 new cases have been recorded … with 113 deaths, bringing the total to 724,” said Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran’s Ministry of Health.

113 deaths are the highest number of patients killed in a single day in Iran because of the corona virus.

Thus, the number of cases of Covid-19 in this country reached 13,938 cases, making Iran the country with the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world after China and Italy.

Ali Reza Zali, head of the Iranian government’s anti-Covid-19 campaign, said that if the infection trend continued at its current pace, the country’s health system would be overwhelmed.

Mr. Zali also acknowledged that many previous Covid-19 deaths were perfectly healthy, a rare acknowledgment amid reports that the people most affected by the virus were the elderly or People with pathological background. Iran’s Ministry of Health data shows that 55% of all deaths are among people in their 60s, while the under-40 deaths account for about 15%.

Many senior Iranian officials have confirmed the infection, including the vice president, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, members of the Revolutionary Guards and Health Ministry officials.

Dalia Samhouri, WHO senior official in charge of the Middle East, said that the number of Covid-19 cases reported in Iran and Egypt – the two most populous countries in the region – is likely to be less than actual. However, because the nature of the virus is contagious, it is possible to infect people who do not show obvious symptoms.

Iran is thought to have around 110,000 beds, with 30,000 of these located in Tehran. Officials have pledged to set up mobile medical facilities to deal with the disease if needed.