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  • 9th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran, the Middle Eastern country most affected by the coronavirus epidemic, reported 743 new cases on Sunday, bringing the official total to 6,566. For the second day running there was a drop in the number of new cases reported in Iran but the number of deaths – 49 – was the highest so far...
  • 8th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran reported 1,076 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the official total to 5,823. Across the rest of the Middle East the total is much lower – 415 confirmed cases – but the overall trend is now relentlessly upwards. On Friday, the number of new cases, which had not previously...
  • 7th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran reported 1,234 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the official total to 4,747. The official death toll increased by 17, to 124. Elsewhere in the Middle East there are 61 new cases – by far the highest daily increase since the epidemic began. It brings the cumulative total for the...
  • 6th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Summary for Friday March 6 Iran reported 591 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the official total to 3,513. The official death toll increased by 15, to 107. Elsewhere in the Middle East there were 20 new cases since yesterday's update, bringing the cumulative total to 267. In...
  • 5th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Summary: Iran reported 586 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the official total to 2,922. The official death toll increased by 15, to 92. Elsewhere in the Middle East, 22 new cases have been confirmed since yesterday's update, bringing the total to 247. The largest number of...
  • 4th March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran reported 835 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the official (but disputed) total to 2,336. The official death toll increased by 11, to 77. Also on Tuesday, Iran's civil defence chief, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, made the extraordinary suggestion that his country has...
  • 3rd March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran reported a further huge increase in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Monday. The official figure now stands at 1,501, with 66 deaths so far, though the official figures are disputed. On Tuesday, local media reported that 23 members of Iran's parliament are among those...
  • 2nd March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's good news from Iran – at least, according to health ministry spokesperson Kianoush Jahanpour. On Sunday he announced that Iran has "been able to cure" more coronavirus patients than another other country apart from China. Meanwhile, Iran's health minister has written to Supreme Leader...
  • 1st March 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Amid accusations that Iran is trying to conceal the full scale of its coronavirus epidemic, the health ministry revised its statistics upwards on Saturday. The official tally of COVID-19 cases is now 593 – an increase of 205 on Friday's figure. Iran's official death toll has also been revised from...
  • 29th February 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Iran announced on Friday that the number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 388, with 34 deaths so far (among a population of more than 80 million). These official figures are widely disbelieved and it's likely the actual totals are much higher. One problem is that the number of...
  • 28th February 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Thirteen new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the Middle East since Thursday's update – six in the UAE, two each in Oman and Kuwait, and one each in Iraq, Israel and Lebanon. The latest tally is below, and this may be updated in the light of developments during the course of the day....
  • 27th February 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Twenty-five new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Arab countries since Wednesday's update – 17 in Kuwait, seven in Bahrain and one in Iraq. The latest tally of cases in the Middle East region is below, and this may be updated in the light of developments during the course of the day. Iran...

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