Pedestrians in Tehran wear masks amid an outbreak of coronavirus in Iran. Photo: AP

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How Iran’s coronavirus death toll came to be the highest behind only China

  • Iran’s health minister says the infections are believed to be linked to a merchant who bypassed travel restrictions by making indirect flights to China
  • Qom, south of the capital Tehran, has been identified as the centre of contagion, but authorities have warned it is possible the virus is present in all cities
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Pedestrians in Tehran wear masks amid an outbreak of coronavirus in Iran. Photo: AP
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