Iran's death toll from coronavirus climbs to 988: health official

FILE PHOTO: An Iranian man wears a protective face mask, following the coronavirus outbreak, as he walks in Tehran, Iran March 5, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has increased to 988, with 135 new deaths in the past 24 hours, a health ministry spokesman told state TV on Tuesday.

“The death toll is 988 ... with 1,178 new infected people in the past 24 hours, now the total number of infected cases is 16,169 across the country,” said Kianush Jahanpur, adding that 5,389 people infected with the virus have recovered.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Alex Richardson