Iran Coronavirus Cases Top 200,000; Social Distancing Urged

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Iran’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 200,000 on Friday, as state media continued to warn about a lack of proper social distancing despite a new surge of infections.

Daily deaths have exceeded 100 most of this week, for the first time in two months. The Health Ministry announced 120 deaths in the previous 24 hours, taking the total to 9,392, and 2,615 new cases for a total of 200,262.

State television showed several families picnicking without masks or social distancing.

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The parliamentary research center issued a report in April suggesting that the actual number of coronavirus deaths might be almost twice the official figure.

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