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Covid19: Death toll in Iran spikes to 988 as country reports 135 new deaths

AFP
Published : Mar 17, 2020, 5:06 pm IST
Updated : Mar 17, 2020, 5:06 pm IST

The total number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 16,169

An Iranian voter wears a mask and shows his ID during parliamentary elections at the Shah Abdul Azim shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran. AFP Photo
 An Iranian voter wears a mask and shows his ID during parliamentary elections at the Shah Abdul Azim shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran. AFP Photo

Tehran: Iran announced on Tuesday another 135 deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the overall toll to 988 in one of the world's worst-hit countries.

"Reports by more than 56 laboratories indicated that we have had 1,178 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in the past 24 hours," health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a televised news conference.

"This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 16,169 as of today noon," he added.

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