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COVID-19: Iran records 9,200 new cases on Friday

Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at more than 682,000.

• November 8, 2020

Health authorities in Iran on Sunday said the country recorded more than 9,200 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, as the daily infection rate also reached new heights. 459 deaths were also recorded.

Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at more than 682,000 while the death toll has reached 38,291, ministry spokesperson Sima Lari told a state broadcaster.

There could be twice as many cases in the country, however, given the shortage of testing facilities, according to experts.

Presently, 25,000 people are tested each day in Iran, and there are plans to raise testing capacity to 40,000.

However, experts say at least 200,000 tests would need to be carried out daily to obtain accurate case numbers for the populace of more than 82 million.

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