A woman waits for a taxi at an empty taxi in Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. Iran is scrambling to control one of the worst outbreaks of the coronavirus in the world. Image Credit: NYT

Tehran: Iran said on Saturday that the novel coronavirus, COVID19, has claimed 97 more lives in the country, raising the total to 611, as the number of confirmed cases jumped again.

Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said that "1,365 fresh cases have been added to the number of confirmed infections in the past 24 hours", bringing the total number to 12,729.