As a preventive measure against coronavirus, authorities in Iran ordered the closure of schools, universities and other educational centres in 14 provinces across the country from Sunday, according to state television.
They include Qom, Markazi, Gilan, Ardabil, Kermanshah, Qazvin, Zanjan, Mazandaran, Golestan, Hamedan, Alborz, Semnan, Kurdistan and the capital, Tehran.
The government also announced that “all art and cinema events in halls across the country have been cancelled until the end of the week” in order to stop infections.
“We are on the frontlines, we need help,” said head of Qom’s medical sciences university on state TV.
“If I can say one thing, it is, ‘help Qom,’ said Mohammadreza Ghadir.
According to Aljezeera, 28 cases have been confirmed in Iran, but it was not immediately clear if the sixth fatality was among those cases.
Iran has yet to confirm the origin of the outbreak, but one official speculated that it was brought in by Chinese workers.