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Iran Sees Highest Daily Death Toll In Months As Virus Surges

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Wearing protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a man rides his bicycle and a woman crosses a street in downtown Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 5, 2021. Iran's capital is once again under a code red status, the highest level of restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the country struggles with a new surge in daily deaths. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(AP) — Iran’s daily coronavirus death toll has climbed over 400 for the first time in months, as the country, which has long had the region’s largest outbreak, battles a post-holiday infection surge.

Iranian health authorities recorded 405 fatalities from the virus Sunday, pushing the total death toll to 66,732. Officials increasingly have warned about the impact of trends seen nationwide during the Persian New Year, or Nowruz.

The two-week holiday last month brought increased travel, relaxed restrictions and large family gatherings without precautions. Hospitals are rapidly filling across the country, particularly in the capital.

 

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