Iran's coronavirus death toll passes 23,000

A member of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) troops measures a temperature, following the outbreak of coronavirus at the entrance of Qom, Iran, March 24, 2020. (WANA via Reuters)

Iran’s coronavirus death toll rose by 116 to 23,029, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV on Saturday.

The total number of identified cases spiked by 2,139 in the last 24 hours to 399,940 in one of the Middle East's worst-hit countries, Sima Sadat Lari was quoted as saying.

Read the latest updates in our dedicated coronavirus section.

Last week, schools in Iran reopened to 15 million students after a seven-month closure despite concerns over increased spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

Last Update: Saturday, 12 September 2020 KSA 13:01 - GMT 10:01