Iran reports COVID-19 death every three minutes, speaker tests positive

Iran reports COVID-19 death every three minutes, speaker tests positive
Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, center, chairs a parliament session in Tehran. (File/AFP)
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Updated 28 October 2020

Iran reports COVID-19 death every three minutes, speaker tests positive

Iran reports COVID-19 death every three minutes, speaker tests positive
  • Parliament speaker Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf tweeted that he had tested positive for the coronavirus
  • A report by the Iranian parliament’s research centre in April suggested that the coronavirus tolls might be almost twice as many as those announced

DUBAI: One person is dying from COVID-19 every three minutes in Iran, state television said on Wednesday, as the health ministry reported a record daily toll of 415 fatalities.
Parliament speaker Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf tweeted that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, the latest among dozens of officials to be infected.
Non-essential businesses have been shut in Tehran and dozens of other cities as cases rise again in the Middle East's worst-hit country.
Schools, theatres and museums have been shut and social, cultural and religious events cancelled for at least a week.
Iranian authorities have blamed the sharp increase on people failing to follow restrictions.
Total fatalities from the disease have reached 33,714, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV.
The number of confirmed cases rose by 6,824 in the past 24 hours to 558,648, she added.
Some experts have doubted the accuracy of Iran’s official coronavirus tolls. A report by the Iranian parliament’s research centre in April suggested that the coronavirus tolls might be almost twice as many as those announced by the health ministry. 


Israeli defence minister calls on Palestinians to return to negotiations

Updated 04 December 2020

Israeli defence minister calls on Palestinians to return to negotiations

Israeli defence minister calls on Palestinians to return to negotiations
  • Alternate Prime Minister welcomed the return of contact between the Palestinian Authority and Israel
  • He called on Palestinians to coordinate with Israel on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz called on the Palestinians to return to negotiations and coordination regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Israel will provide COVID-19 vaccines for the Palestinians, Israeli Defense Minister said on Friday.

Gantz addressed the Palestinian public directly for the first time in a video posted on the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories's (COGAT) Arabic language Facebook page.

COGAT is a unit in the Israeli Ministry of Defense that engages in coordinating civilian issues between the government,  international organizations and the Palestinian Authority.

The minister also claimed that Tel Aviv was ready to push for large projects in Gaza, provided that prisoners and missing persons are returned.

The proposed projects with Gaza will allow the exit of workers and joint industrial zones, he added.

“The Middle East is changing,” the minister said, touching on recent normalization agreements made between Israel and Arab countries.

“It is in your interest to integrate and to return to the negotiation table and create hope for the future of the next generations,” he said.