Coronavirus kills one person in Iran every 10 minutes: Spokesman

An Iranian woman wears a protective face mask, following the coronavirus outbreak, as she talks on the phone, in Tehran, Iran March 5, 2020. (WANA via Reuters)

The new coronavirus kills one person every 10 minutes in Iran, the health ministry spokesman tweeted on Thursday, as the death toll in the Middle East worst-affected country climbed to 1,284.

“Based on our information, every 10 minutes one person dies from the coronavirus and some 50 people become infected with the virus every hour in Iran," Kianush Jahanpur tweeted.

A total of 18,407 people have been infected with the virus as of Thursday, according to figures provided by the Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi.

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Last Update: Thursday, 19 March 2020 KSA 16:10 - GMT 13:10