Sat, 27 Feb 2021

TEHRAN, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 6,204 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, raising the total nationwide number to 1,354,520.

The pandemic has so far claimed 57,150 lives in Iran, up by 93 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.

Of the newly infected, 677 were hospitalized, Lari added.

A total of 1,144,549 people have recovered from the disease and been discharged from hospitals, while 4,168 remain in intensive care units, she noted.

According to the spokeswoman, 8,743,951 tests for the virus have been carried out in Iran as of Thursday.

Currently, 10 Iranian cities are on red alert for a high risk of infection, while 23 counties on orange alert for a medium risk, the spokeswoman said.

Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 19, 2020.

Iran and China offered mutual help in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 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 has 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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