Iran in record virus deaths as calls mount for stricter curbs

Iran on Thursday announced 149 new deaths in 24 hours from the novel coronavirus — one every 10 minutes — as calls mounted for the government to take stricter measures against the disease. The latest toll was a daily record for Iran, where the overall toll of 1,284 dead makes it one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic. A total of 18,407 people have contracted the disease in Iran, with 1,046 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours, he said.