Iran reports 5,960 COVID-19 cases, 1,243,434 in total

2021-01-03 11:35:35 GMT2021-01-03 19:35:35(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TEHRAN, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 5,960 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total nationwide number to 1,243,434.

The pandemic has so far claimed 55,540 lives in Iran, up by 102 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.

Of the newly infected, 497 were hospitalized, added Lari.

A total of 1,013,018 people have recovered from the disease and been discharged from hospitals, while 4,953 remain in intensive care units, she noted.

According to the spokeswoman, 7,777,488 tests for the virus have been carried out in Iran as of Sunday.

Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 19, 2020.

Iran and China offered mutual help in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

In mid-February of 2020, 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. Later on Feb. 29, a five-member Chinese medical team visited Iran for a month-long mission to help Iran fight the pandemic. Enditem