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Iran marks first day without COVID deaths, says health minister

People leave after receiving their COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center in Iran Mall shopping center in Tehran, Iran, Monday, August 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
People leave after receiving their COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center in Iran Mall shopping center in Tehran, Iran, Monday, August 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran’s health minister says the country has marked its first day after more than two years without a single COVID-19 death, lauding this as a significant milestone for a nation that long had the highest number of coronavirus cases in the Middle East.

The ministry reports 175 new cases over the past day, bringing Iran’s number of confirmed cases during the pandemic to more than 7,230,000. Iran’s officially registered death toll stands at 141,318.

“Iran has experienced the first day without a coronavirus death while America and Europe still have high casualty rates,” tweets Health Minister Bahram Einollahi.

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