According to reports from Reuters, one person is dying from COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran, state tel- evision said yesterday, as the country’s health min- istry reported 215 new deaths from the disease.

The combined death toll in Iran rose to 17,405 yesterday, Sima Sadat Lari, the health ministry spokeswoman, said.
This is even as the num- ber of confirmed cases rose by 2,598 to 312,035, while 270,228 have recovered.

Some experts have doubted the accuracy of Iran’s official coronavi- rus tolls. A report by the Iranian parliament’s research centre in April sug- gested that the coronavirus tolls might be almost twice as many as those announced by the health ministry.

The report said that Iran’s official coronavirus figures were based only on the num- ber of deaths in hospitals and those who had already tested positive for the coronavirus.


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