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Iran’s Health Ministry warned of a new wave of the COVID-19 after reports of detecting several cases of a new variant of the virus in some parts of the country.
Sima Sadat Lari, Spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, on Sunday said that the rising trend of COVID-19 hospitalisation in some provinces, which ran parallel with the detection of the new variant, was a serious warning of a possible fourth wave in Iran.
“Since the mutated variant is more contagious and deadly, if the relevant hygiene principles are not observed, we will face a much worse and complicated situation compared to the previous rises of the COVID-19 in the country,’’ she said
Iran’s health ministry reported 7,390 daily COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total nationwide infections to 1,518,263.
The pandemic has so far claimed 58,945 lives in Iran, up by 62 in the past 24 hours, said Lari during her daily briefing.
According to her, out of the newly infected, 568 were hospitalised, adding that a total of 1,298,023 people have recovered from the disease and been discharged from hospitals, while 3,709 remain in intensive care units.