Dubai: Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has reached 43, a health official told state TV on Saturday, adding that the number of infected people across the country has reached 593.
“Unfortunately nine people died of the virus in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 43 now. The new confirmed infected cases since yesterday is 205 that makes the total number of confirmed infected people 593,” Kianush Jahanpur told state TV.
Iran, the country with the largest number of deaths outside of China, closed the school until Tuesday and the government extended the ban on university closures and the ban on concerts and sporting events by one week.
The rapid spread of the outbreak forced the government to call on people to stay at home, and several senior officials, including the Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister of Health and five legislators, tested positive for the virus.
Iranian media reported on Saturday that a member of parliament elected in an Iranian poll died of coronavirus on February 21.