The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 1,284, local media reported on Thursday.

Authorities said 149 people died over the last 24 hours, while 1,046 new cases have emerged, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 18,407, Iran’s state TV quoted Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour as saying.

A total of 5,979 people have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the virus, Jahanpour added.

The first case of coronavirus in the country was confirmed in Qom province on Feb. 19.

Besides China, Italy and South Korea, Iran is among the worst-affected countries

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