UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iran has announced 11 new deaths from the emerging corona virus during the past 24 hours, raising the total death toll from the disease in the Islamic Republic to 77.
“According to the latest figures, there are 835 additional patients,” Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said during his ministry’s daily press conference on Coved-19.
“Unfortunately, there are 11 new deaths: with this number, we have reached 2336 confirmed cases and 77 deaths,” he declared in comments broadcast on state television.
The number of 825 is the highest daily rate detected by the authorities since the first case was officially announced on February 19.
The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appeared on Iranian television, grown every year on the occasion of the Iranian Day of the Tree.
Wearing protective gloves, he said, “The government’s recommendations should be implemented to avoid the spread of the epidemic.”
According to his Twitter account, Khamenei announced that the virus “has spread in many countries. … Our political leaders have communicated (people with the virus) honestly and transparently from day one” while “countries with greater epidemics sought to cover up this.”
He added, on his Twitter account, “We definitely beg God to heal the sick in these countries as well.”
On Saturday, Iran denied BBC information that the virus had left 200 deaths in Iran, describing it as false news.
The United States and Reporters Without Borders accused Iran of hiding information about the epidemic.
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