Iran's confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 400,000

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 Iran reported 2,089 new COVID-19 patients overnight on Sunday, raising the total number in the country to 402,029, according to the health ministry.
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 Iran reported 2,089 new COVID-19 patients overnight on Sunday, raising the total number in the country to 402,029, according to the health ministry.

   During the past 24 hours, 956 Iranians were hospitalized for complications from the novel coronavirus, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.

   The pandemic has so far claimed 23,157 lives in Iran, up by 128 in the past 24 hours, she added.

   Besides, 346,242 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals while 3,791 remain in intensive care units.

   As of Sunday, 3,559,565 COVID-19 lab tests have been carried out in Iran, the spokeswoman noted.

   She said 13 Iranian provinces are still in high-risk condition.

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

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

   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 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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