Iranian health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpoor said on national television on Wednesday that nearly 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours. He said 3,871 patients are hospitalized in critical condition, while 15,473 patients have recovered, according to Reuters.
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Health authorities are reporting nearly 47,600 cases of coronavirus in Iran and 3,036 people have died. The country has the seventh most cases and the sixth most deaths behind Italy, Spain, the United States, France and China, where the virus originated, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In France, health officials on Monday recorded the highest number of deaths in a day, with 499 people in just 24 hours. France has registered more than 52,830 cases of COVID-19 and more than 3,500 people have died.
In order to alleviate the most affected hospitals in the country, the French Ministry of Health announced that two high-speed trains have been transformed to accommodate patients and will transfer 36 people from Paris on Wednesday to the west of France, CNN reported.
Paris hospitals are struggling to accommodate the most critical patients who need survival units.
The first train carried 24 people and departed from Austerlitz station in Paris on Wednesday morning. He heads for Saint-Brieuc and Brest in Brittany. The most northwestern region has not been hit as hard as Paris and can receive patients to relieve hospitals in the capital.
The second train, carrying 12 additional patients, should leave shortly after for Rennes, the capital of Brittany.