Iran’s coronavirus cases surge past 400,000 – latest updates

Iran's coronavirus cases surge past 400,000 – latest updates
        Iran’s coronavirus cases surge past 400,000 – latest updates


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran has risen by 2,089 to 402,029, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV, as the country reported 128 new deaths in the past 24 hours.


Sima Sadat Lari said the official death toll stood at 23,157in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East.


The Philippines reports 3,372 new cases, 79 more deaths


The Philippines has recorded 3,372 new coronavirus cases and 79 more deaths.


In a bulletin, the Department of Health said the Southeast Asian country’s confirmed cases of infections had risen to 261,216, the highest in the region, while its death toll had climbed to 4,371.


Indonesia reports 3,636 new cases


Indonesia has reported3,636 new coronavirus infections and 73 new deaths, according to data from the Health Ministry’s website.


The latest report brought the total number of infections to 218,382 and deaths to 8,723, the highest number of deaths in Southeast Asia.


The country’s capital Jakarta will reimpose stricter wide-scale restrictions starting on Monday to control spread of the virus in the megacity.


South Korea eases virus curbs in the Seoul region


South Korea will temporarily ease coronavirus curbs in the greater Seoul area after a decline in cases.


The country largely overcame an early Covid-19 surge with extensive tracing and testing but has battled several spikes in recent weeks raising concerns of the second wave of infections.


The new cases – mainly in the greater Seoul region, home to half the country’s 52 million population – prompted authorities to tighten social distancing measures last month.


But the measures on the metropolitan area will be eased starting Monday for two weeks, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun told a government meeting, as new local cases declined.


South Korea has seen triple-digit increases since August 14 with more than 120 new cases reported Sunday, after several weeks with numbers generally in the 30s and 40s.


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