Iran says virus death toll tops 9,000

Iran said a third straight day of more than 100 coronavirus deaths took its overall toll past 9,000, attributing the spike to increased travel by its citizens, SIA informs.

Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari warned the bleak figures could get even worse unless people stayed at home for the upcoming long weekend. She said the increase in the daily toll was "due in large part to people's travel in recent weeks".

"We ask you to avoid unnecessary trips during the upcoming holidays so as not to see an increase in statistics in the future."

Iran has a public holiday on Wednesday, the last day of the working week, making the upcoming weekend a three-day break. Lari said the 115 new deaths in the past 24 hours took Iran's overall toll to 9,065. She said another 2,563 people tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 192,439 since the start of Iran's outbreak.

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