Sixty-six people died of the corona virus in Iran and more than 1,500 were infected, a senior official said on Monday when a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) traveled to Tehran.
"The definitely latest numbers we have are 523 new infections and 12 new deaths, so the total number of people infected is 1,501 and the number of deaths is 66," said Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi on state television. Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said separately that the closure of Iranian schools announced on Saturday due to the outbreak will continue until the end of this week, the official news agency IRNA reported
Iran has the most corona virus deaths outside of China, where the outbreak began. A four-person WHO team is expected to arrive in Iran on Monday evening, spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said in Geneva, and will review the outbreak response measures and provide technical guidance. During a week-long visit, the team will meet representatives from the Ministry of Health and visit health facilities and laboratories that deal with the response to the coronavirus outbreak. Several countries in the region have reported coronavirus infections in people who have visited Iran
This includes Kuwait, whose health ministry reported 10 new cases in the past 24 hours, all of which were in Iran
The Gulf Arab state has now reported 56 cases of the virus. The United Arab Emirates sent a shipment of medical supplies, including gloves and surgical masks, to Iran on Monday, the state-run news agency WAM reported
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