Iran coronavirus toll reaches 514 deaths, 11,364 infections: Health official

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The total number of deaths in Iran from the coronavirus outbreak has risen by 85 to 514, a health ministry official said on state TV on Friday, adding that the total number of infections had increased by more than 1,000 in the past 24 hours, to 11,364.

“Sadly, 85 people infected with the COVID-19 disease have died in the past 24 hours,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a televised news conference.

Friday’s is the highest single-day death toll in one of the world’s worst affected countries.

Iran’s security forces have been ordered to clear the streets nationwide within 24 hours in a bid to stop the novel coronavirus spreading, the armed forces chief said Friday.

Despite the already shockingly large numbers of infections and deaths and Iran being one of the top countries in the world suffering from community infections, the Islamic Republic continues to be accused of significantly underreporting the number of its coronavirus victims.

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