Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak — News Updates March 8, 2020

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Reuters: Coronavirus deaths rise to 145 in Iran, infections near 6,000: ministry

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s death toll from coronavirus reached 145 on Saturday after another 21 people were confirmed to have died during the last day, among them a conservative lawmaker from Tehran, officials and local news agencies said.

Announcing the latest deaths from the virus, a health ministry official said in a televised briefing that the tally of confirmed infections had increased by more than 1,000 during the last 24 hours, totaling 5,823 by Saturday.

Lawmaker Fatehmeh Rahbar was among those who died on Friday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, in another sign that the disease is spreading within state institutions.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak — News Updates March 8, 2020

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