More than 600 people have died of alcohol poisoning in Iran since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, a judicial spokesman has said.
Another 3,000 people were still ill, he said, adding that people had been drinking unsafe alcohol in the mistaken hope it would protect them from the virus.
A number of people responsible for illegally producing alcohol have been arrested, according to the spokesman.
There have been more than 62,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Iran, although the daily number of confirmed cases has decreased over the past week.
This comes as a further 758 patients diagnosed with coronavirus have died in England.
NHS England said It brings the total number of confirmed hospital deaths in England to 5,655 – up from 4,897 at the same time on Monday.
A further three patients are reported to have died with Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since yesterday, according to the Public Health Agency.
It brings the total number of deaths there to 73.
Another 97 people have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 1,255.
In Wales, a further 19 hospital patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths there to 212, health officials have said.
Public Health Wales said a further 291 people had tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Wales to 3,790, but added that the true number of cases was likely to be higher.
In Scotland, a further 74 people have died with coronavirus in Scotland, taking the total to 296.
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