1 Iranian dies from coronavirus every 10 minutes, health ministry says

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1 Iranian dies from coronavirus every 10 minutes, health ministry says
QOM, IRAN - MARCH 17: People carry coffins ofPeople carry the coffin of a coronavirus victim at Beheshte Masoumeh Cemetery in Qom, Iran on March 17. Credit: Fatemah Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images the victims of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Beheshte Masoumeh Cemetery in Qom, Iran on March 17, 2020. The death toll in Iran from the novel coronavirus outbreak rose to 988, local media reported on Tuesday. Authorities said 135 people died over the last 24 hours, while 1,178 new cases have emerged, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 16,169, Iran's state TV network quoted Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour as saying. (Photo by Fatemah Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
QOM, IRAN – MARCH 17: People carry coffins ofPeople carry the coffin of a coronavirus victim at Beheshte Masoumeh Cemetery in Qom, Iran on March 17. Credit: Fatemah Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images 

(CNN) – Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a tweet today that every 10 minutes, one Iranian is killed by the coronavirus. Every hour, at least 50 Iranian are infected.

Iran’s Health Ministry confirmed 149 new deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 1,284 on Thursday. This is the country’s highest spike in death toll over a 24-hour period since the coronavirus outbreak began.

There were additional 1,046 confirmed cases of coronavirus bringing the total to 18,407, Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said.

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