July 19, 2020, 12.06 AM

TEHRAN, KOMPAS.com - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani estimated that around 25 million of the country’s citizens may have been infected with the Covid-19 virus since the start of the outbreak.

Hassan Rouhani has also urged the public to face the coronavirus pandemic with more seriousness, based on reports from state-run IRNA news agency.

The staggering estimates originate from a new study by the Iranian health ministry. Officials have not provided details on what the report’s estimates are based on and the study has not yet been made public.

President Hassan Rouhani shared the possibility of an additional 30-35 million Iranians being infected by the deadly virus in the coming months.

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He did not clarify the basis of his estimate. Iran has a population of around 81 million people, and it has seen one of the worst outbreaks in the Middle East.

Iran’s Covid-19 cases exceed 270,000 confirmed cases and over 13,100 deaths.

Without the provision of details, the Iranian president’s remarks show that questions remain over the country’s Covid-19 official figures since the start of the outbreak.

Read also: The Struggle Continues as India’s Coronavirus Cases Surpass 1 Million

This is despite authorities publicly acknowledging the importance of stating official figures.

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