Tue, 20 Oct 2020

TEHRAN, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Iran reported 3,565 new COVID-19 patients overnight, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 439,882 on Friday, according to Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

The pandemic has so far claimed 25,222 lives in Iran, up by 207 in the past 24 hours, Lari said during her daily briefing.

Besides, 369,842 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals while 4,023 remain in intensive care units.

As of Friday, 3,879,640 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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