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Iran budgeting for Covid-19 fight

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DUBAI: Iran is to allocate 20% of its annual state budget to fighting the coronaviru­s outbreak in the country, one of the worst-hit in the world, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.

Iran’s death toll from coronaviru­s rose to 2,517 on Saturday, with 139 fatalities in the past 24 hours, as cases rose 3,076 to 35,408, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.

“We are in difficult conditions, in conditions of sanctions but we have allocated 20% of our budget this year to corona, ... and this might be surprising for the world from a country under sanctions,” Mr Rouhani said.

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