Iran announces 135 more coronavirus deaths, official toll now 988

Firefighters disinfect a square against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. (AP)

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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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05