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Coronavirus outbreak: Iran toll jumps to 429

At least 7 officials and politicians have died since February 19
A firefighter disinfects the shrine of Saint Saleh to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in Tehran.

Reuters   |   Dubai   |   Published 12.03.20, 09:04 PM

Iran on Thursday reported 75 new deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, bringing the death toll to 429 in the worst-hit country in West Asia.

“We have identified 1,075 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, meaning that there are 10,075 infected people in the country. The death toll is 429,” health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state television.

The outbreak has infected a host of senior officials, politicians, clerics and members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in Iran, the fourth worst-affected nation after China, South Korea and Italy.

At least 7 officials and politicians have died since February 19, when Iran announced first infections and two deaths. 

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