Iraq reports four new cases of coronavirus -health ministry

27 Février, 2020, 10:21 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Women wearing protective face masks in Tehran Iran

Kuwait also announced its first case.

The virus has infected almost 77,000 people and killed more than 2,500 in China, where it originated late previous year.

The World Health Organisation's latest figures, published yesterday, put the total number of coronavirus cases at 28, including 10 new ones, with five deaths.

Earlier on Monday, Iran's state television announced that the death toll from the virus in the country rose to 12 with 47 confirmed cases.

"We still do not agree with quarantining cities since we believe the people are cultured enough to refrain from travelling from infected cities to other places", semi-official news agency ISNA quoted him as saying.

The ILNA news agency, which is close to reformists, said the lawmaker spoke of "50 deaths" in Qom alone. Iran first officially reported cases of the virus and its first deaths in Qom on 19 February.

"None of the nurses have access to proper protective gear", Farahani said, adding that some health care specialists had left the city. "So far, I have not seen any particular action to confront corona by the administration".

The UAE's ministry of foreign affairs issued a statement on Monday detailing a travel ban to Iran and Thailand following recent concerns on the new coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreaks in the aforementioned countries. Its low-cost sister airline, FlyDubai, flies to multiple Iranian cities, as does the Sharjah-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia. The ministry said the person is a school bus driver, and that students are being checked and related schools will be closed for two weeks.

Following news of his infection, government spokesman Rabiei, who stood by his side on Monday, appeared at another press conference with the country's industries minister on Tuesday as well as other officials.

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"With regard to the past experience, I say that we will defeat the coronavirus before long", the minister stressed.

Despite being Iran's epicentre of the outbreak, Qom has yet to be quarantined.

Authorities have ordered the closure of schools, universities and other educational centres in 14 provinces across the country as a "preventive measure". Tehran's metro, which is used by about 3 million people in the capital, and public buses are being sanitized daily.

His comments came after Amirabadi, who represents the city of Qom, claimed that at least 50 people have died of coronavirus in the holy city.

In another development, the head of anti-drug smuggling operations for Tehran province said approximately 10,500 drug addicts have been quarantined at treatment centers in Tehran.

But academics expressed concern over the ability of Iran - now grappling with a major economic crisis and hit by swingeing U.S. sanctions - to contain the outbreak.

Four immediate neighbours of the Islamic republic - Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Armenia - said on Sunday they would close land borders, while three imposed restrictions on air traffic, amid growing regional concerns about the spread of the virus.

Results are due to be announced later on Sunday.

Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities have already banned travel to and from Iran and closed borders.

Chatham House's Dr Sanam Vakil, an expert on Iranian affairs, told Express.co.uk the situation in the country remained unclear. Georgia restricted movement of individuals to and from Iran and halted direct flights.

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