Number of coronavirus deaths in Iran jumps to 291 amid 8,042 confirmed cases

An Iranian man wears a protective mask to prevent contracting coronavirus, as he walks on a street in Tehran, Iran. (Reuters)

Iran says the new coronavirus has killed 54 more people, raising the death toll to 291 amid 8,042 cases in the Islamic Republic.

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That’s according to Kianoush Jahanpour, a Health Ministry spokesman, who spoke in a live, televised news conference on Tuesday.

It represented an 18 percent increase in deaths from the day before and 12 percent more confirmed cases.

Iran is the hardest-hit country in the Mideast by the new coronavirus, which sickens but largely doesn’t kill those afflicted. Across the region, there are over 8,600 confirmed cases of the virus.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06