Iran on Saturday confirmed 148 more fatalities caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 11,408.

A further of 2,449 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 237,878, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.

She added that a total of 198,949 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 3,136 patients remain in critical condition.

Over 1.76 million tests have been conducted in the country to date, Lari stated.

Since originating in China last December, the pandemic has claimed over 525,500 lives in 188 countries and regions.

More than 11 million cases have been reported worldwide, while over 5.89 million patients have recovered so far, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

*Writing by Burak Bir

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