More than 25,000 people have died with coronavirus in Iran, official figures show, as the country witnesses a spike in cases.
A ministry spokesman said today that 175 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total fatalities in the country to 25,015.
However, an investigation by BBC Persian earlier this year found the number of coronavirus deaths was nearly three times as high as the official statistics.
The government’s own records appeared to show almost 42,000 people had died with Covid-19 symptoms in the run up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry at the time.
The country is the worst affected in the Middle East, with more than 436,000 coronavirus cases recorded to date.
Earlier this week, an official warned the country is facing a third wave of infections.