Iran's coronavirus death toll rises by 21 to reach 145 including second politician to die from the infection while 'force' is threatened to stop people travelling between cities and streets are disinfected | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Iran's coronavirus death toll rises by 21 to reach 145 including second politician to die from the infection while 'force' is threatened to stop people travelling between cities and streets are disinfected

The number of deaths caused by coronavirus infections in Iran rose by 21 over the past 24 hours to reach 145 on Saturday, a health ministry official said.

The number of people testing positive for the virus increased by more than 1,000 over the past 24 hours, reaching 5,823 on Saturday, he said in a televised briefing.

The figure comes after Iranian authorities warned yesterday they may use 'force' to limit travel between cities in the hope of containing the virus.

Speaking at a news conference, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour did not elaborate on the threat to use force, but acknowledged the virus now was in all of Iran's 31 provinces.

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