16 Dead with 95 Cases of Coronavirus, Iran Urged People to Stay Home

The Iranian Ministry of Health urges people to stay indoors, as the number of coronary deaths increases to 16, out of a total of 95.

“Of the suspects, 35 were confirmed (positive) and two died from corona virus,” Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on state television on February 25. .

The total number of new strains of corona virus (officially named SARS-CoV-2) in Iran has increased to 95, with 16 deaths – the highest outside China , according to Reuters .

“It is safer to stay indoors,” Jahanpour said.

Iran has been racing to contain the disease since February 18, when it announced two deaths in Qom, an Islamic pilgrimage and learning center that attracts many believers from around the world.

A staff disinfects the Fatima Masumeh temple, a sacred site for Shiite Muslims in Qom, Iran, February 25.

The outbreak in Iran has caused concern as a series of neighbors, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon – as well as as far as Canada – have noted. infections originating from Iran.

Viral death rates in Iran are now higher than anywhere else in the world, causing fear as well as skepticism that there are many unrecognized cases in the community, as well as the question of its own transparency. rights in providing disease information.

Iraq last week closed the land border with Iran, imposed a travel ban while the UAE and Oman stopped flights to and from Iran in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

On February 24, Iran said it had 900 people suspected of being infected with the virus, refuting a MP’s statement that 50 people died in Qom City.

Officials have closed schools in many provinces, canceled music performances and football competitions across the country.

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