Iran raises death toll to 54 for new coronavirus

Iran's Ministry raised the death toll across the country from new to 54 on Sunday, as infected cases increased overnight to 978 people.

Health Minister Kianoush Jahanpour said new cases were confirmed in several cities, including Mashhad, which is home to I ran 's most important Shiite shrine that attracts pilgrims from across the region. Calls by I ran 's civilian government Clerics who close such sanctuaries to the public have not been followed uniformly.