ISTANBUL

Iran’s death toll from coronavirus shot past a grim landmark on Wednesday, reaching four digits for the first time with at total of 1,135 lives lost, local media reported. 

Authorities said 147 people died over the last 24 hours, while 1,192 new cases emerged, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17,361, Iranian state TV quoted Deputy Health Minister Alireza Reisi as saying.

A total of 5,710 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus, Reisi added.

The first case of the coronavirus in Iran was confirmed on Feb. 19 in Qom, a pilgrimage hub.

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