1 person dies of coronavirus every 10 minutes in Iran, says official

One person dies every ten minutes in Iran as a result of the coronavirus, a presidential adviser said on Sunday, warning that the Islamic Republic may be left unable to curb the spread of the disease if this continues.

Hesameddin Ashena said the country may suffer an “inability to curb the coronavirus if the virus keeps spreading across Iran.”

“Every 10 minutes one person dies from the coronavirus in Iran,” Ashena wrote on Twitter, explaining that his country is in an “abnormal situation”.

The new deaths bring the total toll in Iran to 11,571, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state television.

“In the past 24 hours, 2,560 people have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 240,438,” Lari added.

Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in fatalities and new confirmed cases since Iran reported a near-two month low in daily recorded infections in early May.

The increase has prompted the government to make the wearing of masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces, with some officials and state television anchors wearing masks on camera as part of a campaign to encourage their use.

Authorities have repeatedly urged the public to respect hygiene rules aimed at reining in the outbreak.

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