Coronavirus: Iran reports 15 deaths as toll surges to 92

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Tehran: Coronavirus mortality in Iran rose Wednesday to 92, 15 more died and 586 new cases were reported, bringing the number of infections to 2,922.

“The number of confirmed new cases in the past 24 hours is 586,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a televised news conference. “Fifteen (people) have unfortunately lost their lives.”

Iran has taken measures to stop the rapid spread of the virus, to close schools and universities, to suspend large-scale cultural and sporting activities and to reduce working hours.

Senior Chinese government officials, including the country’s head of emergency, Pirhossein Kolivand, and former Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi have also come into contact with the virus.

The virus also claimed the life of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 72, an advisory board of Iran’s top leader.

From 9 am on Wednesday, the number of coronavirus infections in 81 countries and regions worldwide has risen to 93,108, including 3,201 deaths.

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