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210 die of coronavirus in Iran, claims report

Feb 29, 2020 09:54 IST

At least 210 people in Iran have died as a result of the coronavirus, BBC reported quoting sources in the country's health system. Most of the victims are from the capital, Tehran, and the city of Qom, where cases of Covid-19 first emerged, the report said. The figure is six times higher than the official death toll of 34 given by the health ministry earlier on Friday. While the govt insisted that it was being transparent and accused the BBC of spreading lies, many local politicians have accused the authorities of a cover-up. The US has also expressed concern that Iran may not be sharing information.