Tehran, Iran: The Iranian Health Ministry has increased the number of deaths from the new corona virus to 54 throughout the country on Sunday, as the number of confirmed infections has risen more than half in one night to 978.
A ministry spokesperson, Kianoush Jahanpour, said new cases were confirmed in many cities, including Mashhad.
The call by the Iranian civil affairs department to close clergymen to close such shrines to the public has not been uniformly implemented. The temple of Mashhad is one of those temples that is still open.
The new deaths were 11 more than those reported on Saturday and there were 385 new infections. However, new figures have reduced the number of deaths from infections to around 5.5%. However, this is much higher than in other countries, suggesting that the number of infected people in Iran may be much higher than the current figure.
Jahanpur said in his daily briefing that the number of cases in Iran is “still increasing.”
Of the 385 newly confirmed cases, 170 are in Tehran, where schools and cinemas are closed for the second week.
Buses and subways are still running, but are disinfected there every day.
A ministry spokesperson said 44 cases were also first diagnosed in the central part of Makzi province.
Also on Sunday, the Iranian national broadcaster said that all flights to and from Rasht, the capital of the northern province of Gilan, have been suspended. It gave no reason.
After the capital Tehran and the holy city of Qom, the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the country, the Gilan region has the largest number of infections and is part of Iran.
The Revolutionary Guard says it plans to install mobile hospitals in Qom and Rasht, where the virus has infected many people. State media also took photos of the guards and led disinfection efforts in some cities.
Ali Reza Jalali, head of the medical school of the guard, told national television that Iran is going through “difficult and dangerous times.”
He claims that the team is working on a possible vaccine for the disease.
There is currently no vaccine for new coronaviruses. Researchers around the world are struggling to find one, but everything that is widely available can be gone for more than a year.
The disease, known as COVID-19, originated in central China and has infected at least seven government officials in Iran, including one of the vice presidents and senior officials from the Ministry of Health.
After a few days of certainty that the virus was essentially trapped, officials recently acknowledged that Iran is preparing “thousands” of people to be tested for it after the outbreak.
The first case was not reported until 19 February in Iran, the same day on which two elderly infected people died. Since then, most have been traced back to Iran in more than 1,100 cases in the Middle East.
Iran cases have been reported in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
From Sunday, all kindergartens in the UAE that have been approved by the Ministry of Education will be closed for at least two weeks to limit the spread of the virus, and Kuwait has suspended the school until 12 March.
Since its emergence in China, the virus has infected more than 86,000 people worldwide and killed more than 2,900 people.
Outside of China, Iran has the highest number of deaths in the world, with 2,870 deaths among nearly 80,000 cases.
The Iranian outbreak led neighbors to block the borders with Iranians, while other Gulf states stopped flights to Iran.
On Saturday, the United States announced stronger warnings for travel to Italy and certain parts of South Korea, as well as a ban on travel to Iran due to the virus.
Tehran resident Ali Ahmadi said the United States has made it difficult for Iranians, including their scientists, to get there.
“Now that the virus has appeared, we expect nothing less from America,” he said, expressing widespread frustration with US policies on Iran.
Islamists have closed foreign pilgrims in the most holy places in Saudi Arabia to limit the spread of the virus. Saudi Arabia has not reported any cases of the virus and has stopped all fighting between China and Iran.
One of the world’s most important Shiite shrines in Najaf, Iraq, has also been closed to Iranian pilgrims after a student from Iran confirmed in an investigation that the virus is highly contagious.
Saeed Moghaddam, also in Tehran, says Iranians suffer from a virus from China.
“We are not the cause of this virus spreading in other countries. We are battling with this ourselves,” he said.