Iran parliament speaker tests positive
DUBAI (UAE) – One person is dying from COVID-19 every three minutes in Iran, state television said on Wednesday. The health ministry reported a record daily toll of 415 fatalities.
Meanwhile, Parliament speaker Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf tweeted that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Non-essential businesses have been shut in Tehran and dozens of other cities as cases rise again.
Schools, theatres and museums have been shut and social, cultural and religious events cancelled for at least a week.
Iranian authorities have blamed the sharp increase on the failure of people to follow restrictions.
Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that total fatalities from the disease have reached 33,714.
The number of confirmed cases rose by 6,824 in the past 24 hours to 558,648, she added.
Some experts have doubts regarding the accuracy of Iran’s official coronavirus tolls.