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Iran passes 10,000 COVID-19 deaths

Iran's president says citizens must wear masks as part of a “new phase” of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Iranian men wearing face masks are pictured at a metro station in the capital Tehran on June 10, 2020 amid the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic crisis. - Nearly one in five Iranians may have been infected with the novel coronavirus since the country's outbreak started in February, a health official said yesterday. The figure represents 18.75 percent of the more than 80 million population of Iran, which on June 9 announced another 74 deaths from the coronavirus. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP) (Photo by STRINGER/AFP

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country is properly handling its response to the coronavirus outbreak but is looking to make sure that people wear masks in public. 

At a meeting of the National Headquarters for Combating the Coronavirus on June 25, Rouhani said that while some cities are seeing a spike in infections and deaths, “on the whole the rate of the outbreak … is on the decline.” 

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