Virus on rise again in Iran with over 3,000 cases for third day Jun 04, 2020 0 420 12345 AFPTehranThe spread of novel coronavirus has accelerated again this month in Iran which on Wednesday officially confirmed over 3,000 new cases for a third consecutive day.The country has recorded an additional 3,134 cases, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told state television, bringing the total number of infections to 160,696.New cases were at their highest on March 30, hitting 3,186.Another 70 people have died, Jahanpour added, taking the death toll to 8,012 since the outbreak was first declared in the country in February.Health Minister Saeed Namaki on Tuesday lamented that people were ignoring social distancing rules.“The fact that people have become completely careless regarding this disease” was of great concern, he said.“They either have total confidence in us or think the coronavirus has gone. The latter is not true at all,” the ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.Nine of the country’s 31 provinces are still under a “health alert”, Jahanpour said Wednesday, while the southwestern province of Khuzestan remains classified as a “red zone”. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES COVID-19 -hit Mumbai largely unscathed by Cyclone Nisarga Jun 04, 2020 0 1307 Roadside bomb kills 9 civilians in southern Afghanistan: Officials Jun 04, 2020 0 474 South China sea issues pushed Philippine U-turn on US troop pact Jun 04, 2020 0 404 Eight dead, 74 injured after explosion in Indian chemical factory New Delhi At least eight workers were killed and 74 more were injured after an explosion sparked a major fire at a chemical factory in western India on Wednesday, officials said. Around 5,000 people in the villages near the .. Israel breached border 1,000 times so far this year, says Lebanese premier DPA Beirut Lebananese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Wednesday that Israel had breached his country’s land, sea and air space more than 1,000 times since the beginning of this year. Lebanon does not have ..