The novel coronavirus has now killed at least 639,981 people around the world and infected more than 15.5 million since emerging in China late last year, according to an AFP tally, with the US being the hardest-hit nation.
Head of the Iran's Health Ministry's public relations office Kianoush Jahanpour said on Thursday that the coronavirus death toll mounted to 26 in Iran out of the total figure of 245 people who have been affected by the virus.
The Chinese province at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in the death toll on Thursday under a new diagnostic method, and Beijing sacked two local leaders after criticism of their handling of the crisis.
China said on Monday that the death toll from a deadly coronavirus outbreak jumped to 81 as the hard-hit province of Hubei announced 24 new fatalities and expanded measures to keep people at home during what is usually the country's biggest holiday season.
The number of workers killed during working hours declined last year from a year earlier after the government implemented measures to rid industrial sites of accidents that lead to workers' injuries or deaths, the labor ministry said on Wednesday.