August 3, 2020
BBC says government papers reveal total is more than 42,000 – way above official toll of 17,000
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One person is dying from Covid-19 every seven minutes in Iran, state television in the country has said, as a report claimed the overall toll from the virus was three times higher than authorities have admitted.
The health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Monday that 215 people had died in the past 24 hours, on top of more than 200 the previous day – the country’s highest figures in nearly a month.