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Iran's Virus Death Toll Passes 12,000

Iran's Virus Death Toll Passes 12,000

Wednesday, 8 July, 2020 - 10:30
Small toy figures are seen in front of the coronavirus sign in this illustrations taken February 7, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
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Iran's death toll from the coronavirus passed 12,000 on Wednesday, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said in a statement on state TV.


There were 153 deaths from the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, giving a total of 12,084.


The total number of infections in the country has reached 248,379, with 209,463 people having recovered, she said.


Iran recorded 200 deaths from COVID-19 within a 24-hour period on Tuesday, the highest official figure recorded by the ministry.


President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday launched new measures to try to curb the spread. Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, he said.


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