New Delhi: The deadly coronavirus has claimed 54 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 291. This is the highest single-day death toll since the outbreak of the virus in the country. Also Read - Coronavirus: IAF’s Globemaster Departs For Iran, Total Cases in India Climb to 47 | Top 10 Points

Iran’s Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in a televised conference that 881 new cases have been confirmed in the country, taking the total infection tally to 8,042. Also Read - Coronavirus: IAF's C-17 Globemaster, That Brought Back Stranded Indians From China, to Leave For Iran Today

As per updates, Iran is the worst-hit country in the Gulf region by the new coronavirus and across the region, there are over 8,600 confirmed cases of the virus. Also Read - EAM S Jaishankar Makes Surprise Visit to Kashmir, Meets Kin of Students Stranded in Iran

Over 110,000 confirmed cases of the new virus have been reported worldwide with more than 3,800 deaths attributed to it. The number of people who have recovered is about 62,000.

While for most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for many others, the virus can cause severe illness, including pneumonia.

As per the World Health Organisation, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

Earlier in the day, 58 Indians were brought back home from Iran in a military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF). IAF’s C-17 Globemaster was sent to Tehran from Hindon airbase near Ghaziabad on Monday evening.

According to updates, around 2,000 Indians are living in Iran, a country that has witnessed increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in the last few days.

One official informed that Indian citizens who have returned from Iran have been quarantined at a medical facility in Hindon.

Soon after the C-17 Globemaster arrived at Hindon airbase, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted, “The IAF aircraft has landed. Mission completed. On to the next.”