Iran confirmed 149 more deaths from the novel coronavirus Friday, raising the country’s overall death toll to 1,433, according to an announcement from Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi.
There has been an increase of 1,237 cases of coronavirus in the country in the last 24 hours, Raisi said on state television, bringing the total number of cases to 19,644.
A total of 6,745 patients have so far recovered, added the minister.
On Thursday, Iran had announced the same number of fatalities (149) since Wednesday, the country’s highest spike in death toll over a 24-hour period since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Earlier on Friday Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei praised the country’s medical community and volunteers for their work in fighting the coronavirus outbreak.
“The sacrifices made were so dazzling that even foreigners felt obliged to admire them,” Khamenei said in his address to the nation to mark Persian New Year.
“There were also support groups, some of which offered their factories and even their houses with the aim of manufacturing the products needed for patients … products such as gloves, masks,” he added.
“The Iranian nation showed its virtues through these groups,” Khamenei said.
In his address, the leader did not mention the nationwide anti-government demonstrations in Iran last year.