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Iran reports 97 new coronavirus deaths rising total to 611

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Iranian state TV reports the number of people who have died after testing positive for COVID-19 in the country has risen by 97 to 611 citing a health ministry official.

The number of new species infected with coronavirus in the Islamic Republic of Iran exceeded 12 thousand; 611 deaths were recorded. Such data was cited on Saturday by the head of the public relations department of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Republic Kiyanoush Jahanpur.

“1365 new cases of coronavirus in the country were recorded per day. The total number is 12 729,” the Club of Young Journalists agency quoted him as saying. The representative of the Ministry of Health added that 611 people died. Earlier it was reported about 11 364 cases and 514 deaths.

The Iranian Ministry of Health reported the first cases of coronavirus infection in the country on February 19. Infected were detected in Qom province. Due to the spread of the virus, all Iranian schools are closed until the end of March, many countries have limited communication with the Islamic Republic.

The disease was discovered by a number of Iranian senior officials, including Iran’s First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, Minister of Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Crafts Ali Asgar Munesan, and Rezu Rahmani, Minister of Trade, Industry and Mines.

In addition, the results of analyzes of 23 deputies of the Mejlis (parliament) of the country turned out to be positive. At the same time, two of them – the elected deputy Fatema Rahbar and the current member of the Mejlis Mohammad Ali Ramazani – died of the disease.

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