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British embassy in Tehran evacuates some of its staff due to coronavirus

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British staff and dependents are being evacuated from the British embassy in Tehran as of March 1 due to the coronavirus, Britain's Foreign Office said on Sunday as part of a travel advisory for Iran.

“As of 1 March, dependents and some staff from the British Embassy are being withdrawn from Iran due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Essential staff needed to continue critical work will remain,” the advisory said.

“In the event that the situation deteriorates further, the ability of the British Embassy to provide assistance to British nationals from within Iran may be limited,” it added.

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Iran’s health ministry raised on Sunday the nationwide death toll from the new coronavirus to 54 as the number of infected cases jumped overnight to 978 people.

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The new figures represent 11 more deaths than reported on Saturday and an additional 385 new cases of infections.