Tehran: Iran announced last Friday that the number of new coronavirus deaths has risen by another 134 and that the officially confirmed death toll is 3,294.
Kianoush Jahanpour, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said at a news conference that 2,715 new infections have been identified in the last 24 hours, with a total of 53,183 cases.
Iran is one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and has been working hard to control the outbreak since its first death was reported on February 19. Jahampur said that 17,935 people who have been hospitalized for the disease have recovered and 4,035 are in critical condition.
The government has banned travel between all cities until at least April 8 and has repeatedly urged Iran to stay at home. There are no official blockades in Iranian cities.
President Hassan Rouhani warned on Thursday that there is no quick fix and Iran may have to fight the pandemic for a year. The authorities have closed schools and universities, as well as the four major Shiite pilgrimage destinations, including the Fatima Masumae Shrine in Qom, the province that was the first city to die. They also canceled major weekly Friday prayers and temporarily closed parliament.
An Iranian parliament spokesman conducted a positive test for COVID-19 on Thursday and became the last official in the country to be most affected by the disease. The report said “Ali Larijani” had undergone a coronavirus test after showing certain symptoms and found a positive result. He is currently being quarantined and is being treated. “) Has a close relationship with the Iranian leader and president and was reelected as a Congressman in 2016. He is one of the highest-ranking officials infected to date.
Since the first case was reported on February 19, Iran has worked hard to curb the spread of the new corona virus. Earlier Thursday, Iran reported 124 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 3,160 people and infecting more than 50,000 people.
The announcement came as President Hasan Rouhani warned at a cabinet meeting that the country may still battle the pandemic for another year. “Coronavirus is not something for which we can point to a certain date and say it will be completely eradicated by then,” he said.
Rouhani said the virus “may be with us in upcoming months, or until the end” of the current Iranian year, in March 2021. The virus has not spared Iranian lawmakers or other officials.
The national news agency IRNA said on Tuesday that at least 23 of the 290 legislative bodies have tested positive for the new corona virus.
According to official reports, COVID-19 also killed at least 12 servants or former government officials.
After not taking lock-in or quarantine measures for several weeks, Tehran decided last week to ban all inter-city travel until at least April 8.
While the government has repeatedly called for Iranians to stay at home to stem the spread of the virus, there is no official blockade in Iranian cities.
Iran closed schools and universities and closed four Shia pilgrimage sites, including the Fatima Masumae Shrine in Qom, Iran’s epidemic virus center.
It also discouraged travel, canceled large weekly Friday prayers, and temporarily closed parliament.