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World Iran faces shortage of medics, beds as virus cases spike again - official

15:53  16 july  2020
15:53  16 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Health officials called the surge in reported infections “very worrisome,” as cases soared in South Korea. Europe and North America reported a big In Iran , which had insisted as recently as Tuesday that it had no cases , the virus may now have reached most major cities, including Tehran, and has

___ TEHRAN, Iran — A semi- official Iranian news agency says Tehran’s governor has imposed new restrictions because of a spike in coronavirus cases , ordering mosques and several businesses closed for a week in the Iranian capital. According to the Tasnim news agency, Anoushiravan Mohseni

a pile of stuffed animals sitting on top of a bed: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Tehran © Reuters/Wana News Agency Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Tehran

(Reuters) - Hospitals in Iran face acute shortages of medical personnel and beds as the country tackles a powerful second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official of Tehran’s anti-coronavirus task force said on Thursday.

Iran, the Middle East country hardest hit by the pandemic, began relaxing its lockdown in mid-April.

But a second wave of infections emerged in early June and has proven much more serious than the first one, said Reza Jalili-Khoshnood, who is himself infected, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Coronavirus. Iran exceeds 12,000 dead

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Iran 's confirmed cases leapt Monday by 523 on the previous day, hitting 1,501, said Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi. State news agency IRNA reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 72, a member of the Expediency Council which advises Iran 's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran has the third-most registered cases after China and Italy. Commuters in the Czech capital have been instructed to wear face masks while using public transport as a nationwide quarantine aimed at containing the Kyrgyz Chaos: Shortage Of Medics , Hospital Beds As COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket.

Iran recorded 13,608 related deaths as of Thursday, including 198 in the previous 24 hours, according to Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari speaking on state TV.

Jalili-Khoshnood was quoted as saying that at one hospital - Tehran’s Shohada, where he is hospitalized - 172 medical staff have been infected themselves or are caring for infected family members. He said he there were also shortages of beds including of intensive care beds.

His comments contrast with President Hassan Rouhani’s regular assurances that Iran has sufficient supplies of medical personnel and facilities.

Sadat Lari told state television that the total number of diagnosed cases in the country had reached 267,061, up by 2,500 in the last 24 hours.

While struggling to curb the spread of COVID-19, Iranian authorities are concerned that tougher measures against it could wreck an economy already reeling under U.S. sanctions.

(London editing desk)

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