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Iran reports 54 new COVID-19 deaths, highest one-day toll, as total toll hits 291

Tehran on Tuesday reported the Persian's highest one-day death toll from the COVID-19, with 54 new cases. The highest single-day toll since the start of the outbreak in the country.

The new deaths tally bring the number of those killed by the coronavirus in the Islamic republic to 291, the health ministry's spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a televised conference.

Jahanpour added that 881 new cases had been confirmed, bringing the total infection to 8,042

With a death toll of 291 as of early Tuesday, The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the worst hit countries, after China and Italy.

COVID-19 cases in Iran spread across all 31 of the country's provinces.

Following the deadly outbreak of the Wuhan virus in Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah called of the Persian new year -- slated to be celebrated this year on March 20 -- is often a time when people travel and visit family. But in light of the spread of coronavirus, several provinces have issued orders to close hotels and other tourist accommodation to discourage people from travelling.

The government has been scrambling to contain the virus since it reported its first cases in mid-February, shutting down schools and universities as well as urging Iranians to stay at home.

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