ANKARA 

The death toll from consumption of toxic alcohol in Iran rose by 65 on Thursday, bringing the total to 180 in nearly two weeks, local media reported. 

The development comes amid rising coronavirus cases and deaths in the Gulf country.

So far more than 17,000 people have been infected by the virus that emerged in China last year, according to latest figures by John Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Research Center.

It has killed some 1,135 people in Iran alone. Of these, at least 147 died in the last 24 hours, as per Iranian state TV.

There were rumors across the

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