Iran says virus uptick due to increased testing

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran’s Health Ministry said yesterday a surge in new reported coronavirus infections was due to increased testing rather than a worsening outbreak.

After hitting a near two-month low in early May and a lifting of tough movement restrictions, cases of the COVID-19 illness have been rising in Islamic republic which is battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of the disease. “The main reason for rising numbers is that we started identifying (infected people) with no or light symptoms,” said Health Ministry’s Head Epidemiologist Mohammad-Mehdi Gouya.

He added that the gradual easing of lockdown measures had also contributed to higher infections “which has more or less happened all over the world,” ISNA news agency reported.