Iran’s Health Ministry seriously expressed concern about the exhaustion of the health workers who are at the frontline of fighting the coronavirus, calling on people to observe health protocols.
Speaking during a daily press conference on Wednesday, the ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the country’s medical staff and health workers are tired and worn out, and the growing fatigue is one of the ministry’s serious concerns, IRNA reported.
She urged people to observe the principles set by the Health Ministry in order to reduce the pressure on the country’s medical staff.
Iran, the worst-hit country from the coronavirus in West Asia, has been battling a resurgence of the virus, with official figures showing a rise in both new infections and deaths since a two-month low in May.
This has prompted Iran to make wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces and reimpose restrictions lifted gradually since April to reopen the country’s sanctions-hit economy.
On Tuesday, Iran confirmed over 2,700 new COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day count in more than a month.
The ministry’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday the number of people tested positive for COVID-19 infection rose to 317,483 following the detection of 2,697 new cases from Tuesday to Wednesday.
She put the death toll from the novel coronavirus in Iran at 17,802, saying the disease took the lives of 185 patients since Tuesday.
She also noted that at least 274,932 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across the country.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 4,129 patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection, Lari said.
She went on to say that more than 2,587,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.