Iran faces a shortage of medics, beds again as virus cases - official

Iranian hospitals are facing a shortage of medical staff and beds as the country faces a powerful second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official with Tehran's anti-coronavirus task force said Thursday.

The Middle East nation of Iran, which is facing an epidemic, launched a lockout in mid-April.

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the second wave of infection had occurred in early June and was much more severe than the first, Raja Jalili-Khoshnud.

According to Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Larry, Iran recorded 13,608 related deaths on Thursday, including 198 in the last 24 hours.

Jalili-Khushnood is in a hospital - Shohda, Tehran, where he is in hospital - 172 medical staff are taking care of infected or infected family members themselves. They said there were no beds, including intensive care beds.

His remarks were in contrast to President Hassan Rouhani's general assurances that Iran had an adequate supply of medical personnel and facilities.

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