Coronavirus: Iran’s death toll rises to 4,474 with 71,868 confirmed cases

A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves walks past the Imamzadeh Saleh shrine, amid fear of the coronavirus disease, in Tehran, Iran . (Reuters)

Iran’s death toll has reached 4,474 on Sunday with 71,868 confirmed cases, according to a health ministry official.

The Islamic Republic’s death toll from COVID-19 has risen by 117 in the past day to 4,474, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said.

Read the latest updates in our dedicated coronavirus section.

Iran has recorded 71,686 cases of the new coronavirus which causes the disease, Jahanpur said.

Iran has been the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the Middle East.

Ten thousand graves have been dug in a new section of the sprawling Behesht-e Zahra cemetery south of Tehran to deal with coronavirus deaths, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Read more: Coronavirus: Low-risk businesses to reopen in Tehran on April 18, says Rouhani

Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that restrictions on travel between cities within each province in Iran have been lifted, according to the official presidency website.

Restrictions on travel between provinces will be lifted on April 20, he said.

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