Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 43 in Iran

As the case of Coronavirus spread rapidly in Iran risen it death toll to 43 and total number of infected people to 593, the Iran Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur has call on people to stay at home.

“Unfortunately nine people died of the virus in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll to 43,” Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV.

Tehran has ordered the shutting of schools until Tuesday and extended the closure of universities and a ban on concerts and sports events for a week. Authorities have also banned visits to hospitals and nursing homes.

Several high-ranking officials, including a vice minister, the deputy health minister and five lawmakers, have tested positive for the virus as the outbreak forced Iran’s clerical rulers to close the parliament and impose internal travel bans.

The government spokesman will hold his weekly news conference online due to the outbreak, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

“This is an international problem and all nations should work together to overcome the coronavirus crisis,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Saturday by telephone, state TV reported.

-DUBAI -Reuters

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