The head of the Iranian Health Ministry’s Public Relations Office said that 81 more Iranians died from coronavirus over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 7,878.

Kianoush Jahanpour said that 121,004 people out of a total of 154,445 infected with coronavirus have survived and recovered, but, unfortunately, the total number of deaths reached 7,878, according to IRNA.

Jahanpour said that 2,979 new infected cases had been detected since yesterday, 78% of which (2,327 cases) have been mild ones.

He also noted that 2,578 cases are in critical condition and hospitalized in ICU.

Jahanpour went on to say that 955,865 tests have so far been carried out in Iran since the crisis started.

In Iran, one of the countries in the Middle East hardest hit by the virus first detected COVID-19 in the city of Qom on February 19.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged in late 2019 in China’s Hubei province, and the virus has spread to 212 countries and territories since then.

To date, COVID-19 cases surpassed 6,290,000 globally, resulting in more than 2,862,000 recoveries and over 374,000 deaths.

On February 11, the WHO officially named the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as COVID-19, and on March 11, declared it a pandemic.