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Iran Hits Virus Case Record for 3rd Straight Day

Αssociated Press

People wear protective face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in downtown Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has hit a new coronavirus infection record for the third straight day, reporting 22,586 new cases.

The country is grappling with a spike following the Persian New Year holiday. Iran, is in the midst of a major surge after millions defied government guidance to gather and travel during Nowruz, the nation’s biggest holiday.

The new case count Thursday pushes Iran’s total during the pandemic over 2 million. The additional 185 reported deaths increased the confirmed total to 63,884 deaths in the country of 83 million.