WORLD 4th wave of COVID-19 starts to hit Iran: President

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4th wave of COVID-19 starts to hit Iran: President

Xinhua

19:23, April 03, 2021

TEHRAN, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the fourth wave of COVID-19 resurgence has been registered in two provinces, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

An Iranian man wearing a face mask walk past a shuttered cinema in the capital Tehran, on March 29, 2021, as rising COVID-19 infections fueling fears of a fourth wave of the pandemic prompted a closure of movie theaters. (Photo: AFP)

"If people in other provinces do not honor (health guidelines), they may experience the fourth wave as well," Rouhani was quoted as saying.

"According to the statistics, compliance with health guidelines has decreased," he warned.

On Saturday, Iran's health ministry registered 11,420 new COVID-19 cases overnight, raising its nationwide caseload to 1,920,394.

The pandemic has so far claimed 62,999 lives in Iran, up by 123 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.

Of the newly infected, 1,060 were hospitalized, Lari added.

A total of 1,642,418 people have recovered from the disease and been discharged from hospitals, while 4,024 remain in intensive care units, she noted.

According to the spokeswoman, 13,038,709 tests for the virus have been carried out in Iran by Saturday.

Currently, 47 Iranian cities are on red alert for a high risk of infection, while 126 others on orange alert for a medium risk, the spokeswoman said.

Iran reported the first cases of COVID-19 in the country in February 2020.

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