Iran reports 49 new coronavirus deaths, raising toll to 194

By: AFP      Published: 04:01 PM, 8 Mar, 2020
Iran reports 49 new coronavirus deaths, raising toll to 194

Iran on Sunday reported 49 new coronavirus deaths, raising the toll to 194.

Iran had reported 21 deaths on Saturday, with a lawmaker among the fatalities.

Tehran also accused Washington of hampering Tehran's response to the virus. 

Speaking on Saturday, Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said that 1,076 additional cases had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 5,823.

"More than 16,000 people are currently hospitalised as suspect cases," Jahanpour said during a televised news conference.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later said American sanctions -- reimposed from 2018, after Washington pulled out of a multilateral nuclear deal -- were undermining Iran's battle against coronavirus.