Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus climbed Sunday to 54 — as the number of people in the country confirmed to have the deadly bug jumped overnight to 978 people, health officials said.
The new figures represent 11 more deaths than reported Saturday and 386 newly confirmed cases, the majority of which are in Tehran, according to the health ministry’s spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour.
Jahanpour said the number of infections were “still inclining” as cases popped up in a number of cities, including Mashad, the home of the country’s most important Shiite shrine.
The spokesman noted that 44 cases were detected for the first time in central Markazi province.
The first cases in the country were not reported until Feb. 19, weeks after the virus broke out in Wuhan, China.
The virus, known as COVID-19, has spread to more than 87,000 people across the globe and caused around 2,900 deaths.
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