TEHRAN (HRNW) – Iran s coronavirus epidemic is still in its first wave, the government said Tuesday as it announced nearly 150 new deaths a day after reporting a record high daily toll.
The Islamic republic has struggled to contain COVID-19 since it reported its first cases — two deaths — in the Shiite holy city of Qom in late February.
Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in new confirmed cases since early May, when Iran hit a near two-month low in daily recorded infections.
But officials have repeatedly denied the upward trend amounts to a second wave.
“The coronavirus is currently peaking in border provinces or cities which did not experience a peak in the first months of the outbreak,” health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Tuesday.