Iran announces 129 new virus deaths, raising toll to 1,685

AFP , Sunday 22 Mar 2020

Senior officials wear face masks amid fears of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as they attend a meeting of the Iranian government task force on the coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran, March 21, 2020.( Photo:Reuters )

Iran on Sunday announced 129 new deaths caused by the novel coronavirus, raising to 1,685 the official death toll in one of the worst-hit countries along with Italy and China.

Health ministry spokesman Kianouche Jahanpour said more than 1,028 new cases had been recorded in the past 24 hours and a total of 21,638 people had now tested positive for the virus.


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