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Iran announced new measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus as the country counted 144 new fatalities, its highest death toll for a single day in almost three monthsIran announced new measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus as the country counted 144 new fatalities, its highest death toll for a single day in almost three months (AFP Photo/ATTA KENARE)

Tehran (AFP) – Iran said Sunday it will make mask-wearing mandatory in certain areas and has allowed virus-hit provinces to reimpose restrictions, as novel coronavirus deaths mounted in the Middle East’s worst-hit country.

The new steps were announced as Iran counted 144 new fatalities from the COVID-19 disease, its highest death toll for a single day in almost