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Iran reports 2,612 new COVID-19 cases, 195,051 in total – Xinhua (www.xinhuanet.com)

TEHRAN, June 17 (Xinhua) — Iran on Wednesday reported 2,612 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 195,051, official IRNA news agency reported.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during the daily update that 120 people died overnight, raising the death toll of the virus to 9,185.

So far, 154,812 people have recovered and 2,789 are in intense condition, said Lari.

According to the spokeswoman, 1,319,920 lab tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Iran as of Wednesday.

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

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

In mid-February, 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.

In return, China has delivered several shipments of medical supplies to Iran. On Feb. 29, a five-member Chinese medical team visited Iran for a month-long mission to help Iran fight the pandemic. Enditem

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