Wed, 28 Oct 2020

TEHRAN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran reported 3,605 new COVID-19 patients overnight, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 432,798 on Wednesday, according to Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

The pandemic has so far claimed 24,840 lives in Iran, up by 184 in the past 24 hours, Lari said during her daily briefing.

Besides, 365,846 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals while 3,948 remain in intensive care units.

As of Wednesday, 3,828,330 COVID-19 lab tests have been carried out in Iran, the spokeswoman noted.

She said 24 Iranian provinces, out of 31, are in high-risk condition.

Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 19.

Iran and China have offered mutual help in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

In mid-February, at the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak in China, Iran lit up the Tehran Azadi (Liberty) Tower to show its solidarity with China, and donated 3 million masks to China.

In return, China delivered several shipments of medical supplies to Iran. On Feb. 29, a five-member Chinese medical team visited Iran for a month-long mission to help Iran fight the pandemic.

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