Tehran, Aug 2 (IANS) The number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Iran rose to 306,752, after 2,548 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours, state TV reported.
In her daily briefing, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said out of the new cases, 1,067 have been hospitalized, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 16,982 Iranians, up by 216 in the past 24 hours, she said.
So far, 265,830 infected have recovered and been discharged from hospitals in Iran, while 4,011 remain in critical condition.
Currently, 15 out of 31 Iranian provinces are at high risk or in alert situation, she said.
Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on February 19.
Iran and China have offered mutual help in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
In mid-February, at the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak in China, Iran lit up the Tehran Azadi (Liberty) Tower to show its solidarity with China, and donated 3 million masks to China.
In return, China has delivered several shipments of medical supplies to Iran. On February 29, a five-member Chinese medical team visited Iran for a month-long mission to help Iran fight the pandemic.
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) The Indian stock market, which has off late been on a bull run, plunged on Friday as traders took to profit booking amid concerns of high valuations.
The BSE Sensex, which seemed well on course to reach the 50,000 mark, fell over 500 points during the day.
Sensex closed at 49,034.67, lower by 549.49 points, or 1.11 per cent, from its previous close of 49,584.16. It had opened at 49,656.71 and recorded an intra-day high of 49,656.71 and a low of 48,795.79 points.
The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange closed at 14,433.70, lower by 161.90 points, or 1.11 per cent, from its previous close.
S. Ranganathan, Head of Research at LKP Securities, said: "Markets began circumspectly amidst weak job data in the US even as (US President-elect) Joe Biden unveiled details of the $1.9 trillion rescue package. Friday's afternoon trade saw profit taking in IT stocks despite the biggies putting out positive commentary with large deal wins as MCAP to GDP crossed 100 per cent leading to volatility."
Deepak Jasani, Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities, noted that the markets fell due to profit booking amid weak global cues.
Volumes on the NSE were higher than the previous session. Among sectors, all of them ended in the red with IT, PSU banks and pharma falling the most, he said, adding that advance decline ratio was severely negative.
Asian shares tripped lower in afternoon trade on Friday, reversing earlier gains as rising Covid-19 cases in China reinforced investor concerns over the prospects for a global economic recovery. European stock markets traded lower Friday, with investors weighing increased Covid-related restrictions with the announcement of additional US stimulus.
Further, the selloff comes amid rising concerns of high valuations in the financial markets at a time when economies are yet to recover from the pandemic-induced slowdown,which may also have impacted the investor sentiments, analysts said.