The Government of Iran has confirmed on Saturday that there are already 43 deaths from the coronavirus and that the number of cases reaches 593 after registering a rebound of 205 new cases in the last hours, as reported by the spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Kianoush Jahanpour, in statements collected by the Press TV network.
Among the positive cases, five Iranian deputies stand out, as confirmed by the chamber’s spokesman, Asadolá Abbasi, who has suspended his sessions indefinitely in response to the outbreak.
The spokesman said that a total of 73 patients have recovered and added that the average age of the deceased is over 60 years.
Iranian authorities have temporarily closed schools and universities and canceled public meetings – such as concerts and sporting events – as well as prayers this Friday in the capital, Tehran, and other provinces.
The outbreak of the new coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan, in the Chinese province of Hubei, has killed more than 2,780 people in the Asian giant and has left more than 78,000 infected, according to the latest assessment of the Chinese health authorities .
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international health emergency at the end of January and has asked the international community to redouble its efforts.