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    Iran records highest virus cases since outbreak

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    Iran’s Ministry of Health today reported nearly 21,000 COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day figure since the first case was detected in February 2020 in the country, Reuters reported local media saying.

    A total of 193 more people died in the last 24 hours, state news agency IRNA quoted Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari as saying.

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    Some 20,954 new cases had been identified, some 2,319 of whom have been hospitalised, Lari said.

    Lari said the death toll increased to 63,699, and the number of cases to a total of over 1.98 million.

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    The spokeswoman said as many as 4,177 patients were in critical condition, while recoveries exceeded 1.67 million.

    In a country with a population of 83 million, more than 13.33 million tests have been administered in Iran to date.

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    Iran’s 257 provinces have been classified as red zones with a high risk of coronavirus transmission, while 129 have been designated as medium-risk or “orange zones”, 51 as low-risk or “yellow zones”, and 11 as “blue zone”.

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