Coronavirus claims 1 life in every 12 minutes in Iran: official


TEHRAN, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Iran's health ministry said on Tuesday that one Iranian is killed by the novel coronavirus in every 12 minutes, official IRNA news agency reported.

Over the past days, the COVID-19 infection has seen an upward trend in the capital Tehran and some other Iranian provinces, according to Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

The rate of infection in Tehran currently stands at 13 percent, while the provinces of Isfahan, Khorasan Razavi and East Azarbaijan have recently witnessed rising infection as well as more death cases, he said.

Earlier in the day, the health ministry announced the infection of 24,811 people with the virus, of whom 1,934 have died.

Iran is one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic.

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