Iran said Thursday that the number of coronavirus deaths has increased to 26 and the total number of people infected is now 245, the highest number of deaths from the virus outside of China.
"We have had 106 (new) confirmed cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll has reached 26," Ministry of Health spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state television and urged Iranians to "make unnecessary trips within the country." to avoid.
Kianush Jahanpur said there are plans to place some restrictions on sacred Shiite Muslim places and to cancel some sermons on Friday, the traditional day of public prayer in the Islamic Republic
"But the president's approval is required before it is carried out," he said, adding that hundreds of suspects infected with the virus had recovered and left the hospital.
The authorities, including President Hassan Rouhani, said on Wednesday that despite the sharp rise in the number, Iran has no plans to quarantine "cities and districts" in a short period of time.
Just last week, officials announced Iran's first deaths and infections from the corona virus.
However, Kianush Jahanpur said the government has extended the closure of cinemas and the temporary ban on cultural events and conferences for another week.
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