Iran hits record one-day virus death toll of 221 Jul 10, 2020 0 591 12345 Tehran Iran reported a new single-day record death toll of 221 from the novel coronavirus on Thursday, after weeks of rising numbers in the Middle East’s worst-hit country.“Unfortunately in the past 24 hours we have lost 221 of our compatriots to the COVID-19 disease,” health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told a televised news conference. “The death toll has now reached 12,305.”The Islamic republic has been struggling to combat the outbreak since announcing its first cases in February. “The number of (new) cases identified (since Wednesday) is 2,079,” Lari said, bringing the total number of infections to 250,458. In response to the resurgence of the disease, the authorities have made the wearing of masks mandatory in covered public places and are considering imposing further restrictions in the hardest hit provinces.Stemming the coronavirus “requires the help of you, dear people, listening to our health advice”, Lari said, before again urging the public to wear masks and respect social distancing. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES 10 cops arrested after political leader shot dead in Indian Kashmir Jul 10, 2020 0 630 China offers glimpse inside lab near Wuhan virus origin Jul 10, 2020 0 605 Australia locks down Melbourne as global cases top 12 million Jul 10, 2020 0 581 35 troops killed in Nigeria jihadist ambush, 30 missing AFP Kano The death toll from a jihadist attack on a military convoy in northeast Nigeria has risen from 23 to 35, while 30 troops are still missing, security sources said Thursday. Fighters linked to the so-called Islamic .. Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers, sparking China fury AFP Sydney Australia offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong on Thursday in response to China’s crackdown on dissent, drawing a furious reply from Beijing. Prime Minister Scott .. Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge AFP Tokyo Tokyo unveiled plans on Thursday to offer nightclubs subsidies to close as new coronavirus infections in the capital hit a single-day record, with many linked to entertainment districts. Under the plan, the .. Seoul mayor found dead after ‘#MeToo allegations’ AFP Seoul Seoul’s outspoken mayor Park Won-soon, long seen as a potential South Korean presidential candidate, was found dead, police said Friday. He was 64. A former Seoul City employee filed a police complaint -- .. Saudi-led alliance destroys two explosive-laden boats off Yemen Riyadh The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday it had destroyed two explosive-laden remote-controlled boats in the Red Sea that were allegedly launched by Houthi rebels. The coalition said .. Taliban can submit new list of prisoners: Afghan official AFP Kabul Afghan authorities said Thursday they have offered the Taliban a choice to submit a new list of 592 prisoners after Kabul refused to release inmates the militants demanded to be freed ahead of peace talks. Under ..