ISTANBUL — A dramatic surge in coronavirus infections in Iran has rekindled the largest outbreak in the Middle East, just weeks after the country appeared to have tamed its epidemic. Iran is again reporting an average of more than 3,000 new cases each day and on Thursday recorded its largest single-day total, more than 3,500 new infections, raising the total to about 164,000, the official IRNA news agency said. While the epidemic was initially concentrated in the capital, Tehran, and the holy city of Qom, the new flare-up has largely been centered in Khuzestan province, an oil-rich region in Iran’s southwest.

 

 

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