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Iran's Official Coronavirus Death Toll Nearing 4,000

Nurse attending to coronavirus (COVID-19) patient in Iran. FILE PHOTO
Nurse attending to coronavirus (COVID-19) patient in Iran. FILE PHOTO

With 133 more fatalities, Iran's official coronavirus death toll rose to 3,872 on Tuesday. According to Iran's Health Ministry, 2,089 more COVID-19 patients were identified in the past 24 hours, pushing the number of infected individuals to 62, 588.

According to Dr. Kianush Jahanpur, the Spokesman of Iran's Health Ministry, a total of 27,039 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far.

The Ministry of Health says that it only provides figures based on the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, after three tests at various intervals.

Radio Farda's ongoing investigation of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) death toll in Iran has revealed that at least 3,100 more deaths occurred as of April 6, bringing the total to 6,872 in comparison with the officially announced 3,739 for the same day. The same investigation put the number of infected individuals at 94,956.

Our numbers are derived from figures released by local officials and the Health Ministry in Tehran as well as media reports across the country and are a conservative estimate. The real death toll could be much higher as it appears that many coronavirus deaths have been attributed to pneumonia and other respiratory issues due to lack of testing.

Speaking to the official news agency, IRNA on Monday, Dr. Hamid Souri, a member of the Coronavirus Combat Taskforce, described the situation on the ground as "worrisome". According to Dr. Souri the virus may have infected about half a million Iranians with many patients only showing mild symptoms of COVID-19.

Iranian Health Ministry and Coronavirus Combat Taskforce in the past few days have questioned the data on coronavirus death and infection rates released by China and have alleged that these figures have misled health officials in Iran and other countries.