ISTANBUL 

Iran on Tuesday confirmed 62 more fatalities from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 7,119.

A further 2,111 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 124,603, Iran’s state broadcaster reported, citing a Health Ministry statement.

The statement added that 97,173 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far.

In Iran, one of the countries in the Middle East hardest hit by the virus, COVID-19 was first detected in the city of Qom on Feb. 19 and then spread throughout the country.

More than 4.82 million cases have been reported in 188 countries and regions since the virus emerged in China last December.

The US, Russia, Brazil, and several European countries are currently the hardest-hit in the world.

The pandemic has claimed nearly 320,000 lives worldwide, while recoveries are close to 1.8 million, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

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