March 22, 2020 / 9:53 AM / 13 days ago

Iran's death toll from the coronavirus reaches 1,685 - official

Members of firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as they disinfect the streets, ahead of the Iranian New Year Nowruz, March 20, in Tehran, Iran March 18, 2020. Picture taken March 18, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Ali Khara via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s death toll has reached 1,685 with 129 deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry’s spokesman told state TV on Sunday, adding that the total number of infected people in Iran had reached 21,638.

“There were 1,028 new confirmed infected cases in the past 24 hours ... and 7,913 people have recovered,” said Kianush Jahanpur.

Iran is the Middle Eastern country most affected by the coronavirus.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Catherine Evans

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