Tehran: Confusion and contradiction regarding coronavirus infection in Iran as Iranian officials reported jumps in cases and deaths but denied a BBC Persia report that fatalities totaled at least 210.
Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur rejected the BBC report in a tweet. Even at 34, Iran has had the highest death rate from the outbreak outside China.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had offered to help with the coronavirus response in Iran, raising doubts about Tehran’s willingness to share information.
Beijing also sent its first batch of humanitarian assistance to Tehran and encouraged the country to stay strong.