Iran daily virus cases exceed 5,000 in new record

Iran’s daily novel coronavirus caseload surpasses 5,000 infections — a new record — according to official figures announced Tuesday, as death rates remain high.

Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari says the country had registered a record 5,039 new infections in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number to 539,670.

There were also 322 new deaths, as the worst-hit country in the Middle East counted 31,034 fatalities since February.

Government spokesman Ali Rabii tells a press conference that “the spread of the virus is rising in 12 provinces including Tehran, and nine provinces are on alert,” urging “cooperation” to curb its transmission.