World Middle East 17 Mar 2020 Covid19: With 135 ne ...

Covid19: With 135 new deaths, toll in Iran climbs to 988

AFP
Published Mar 17, 2020, 5:01 pm IST
Updated Mar 17, 2020, 5:06 pm IST
The total number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 16,169
A mask-clad woman walks along an empty street in Iraq's southern city of Basra. AFP Photo
 A mask-clad woman walks along an empty street in Iraq's southern city of Basra. 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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