ANKARA 

Iran’s Health Ministry has estimated that the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is claiming a life every 10 minutes in the country, state media reported on Thursday.

Around 50 Iranians are contracting the virus every hour, Health Ministry Spokesperson Kianoush Jahanpour was quoted as saying by Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

In a tweet, Jahanpour also urged people to spend Nowruz, the country’s New Year celebrations, at home this year.

The COVID-19 death toll in the country shot past a grim landmark on Wednesday, reaching four digits for the first time, with a total of 1,135 lives lost, Iranian state television reported.

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