The Iranian health ministry reported that 54 people had died after contracting coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day toll since the start of the outbreak in February.
Total number of death has reached to 291, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a televised conference.
He added that 881 new cases had been confirmed, taking the total recorded infection tally to 8,042.
Iran has become the third worst coronavirus infected country in the world after China and Italy.
— IRNA News Agency (@IrnaEnglish) March 10, 2020
Kianoush Jahanpour said that 2,731 people have recovered and been dismissed from medical centers, which shows a great increase.
Jahanpour said that 881 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been discovered since Monday, adding that unfortunately since yesterday 54 infected people have died.
He added that Tehran still stands on top of the list of infections with 2,114 cases, followed by Mazandaran and Qom with 886 and 751 cases respectively.
He said there are some cases that do not need to be hospitalized but still need to be cared for. Special facilities have been allocated to these cases, which was welcomed by the representatives of the World Health Organization as well. These people will get back home after being completely clean of the virus.