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Coronavirus | Iran death toll rise to 1,566; total infections exceeds 20,000

Firefighters wear protective face masks as they disinfect the streets in Tehran.

Firefighters wear protective face masks as they disinfect the streets in Tehran.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

President Hassan Rouhanion Saturday announced various measures such as social distancing measures to combat the outbreak.

Iran's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Saturday by more than 100 to 1,556, and the total number of people infected now exceeds 20,000, a health ministry official said.

Also read: Iran announces 149 more coronavirus deaths, toll rises to 1,433

Iran, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic outside of China, reported on Friday a death toll of 1,433 and a total number of confirmed infections of 19,644.

The total number of people diagnosed with the disease stood at 20,610 on Saturday, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on state TV.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, including travel restrictions, will apply for only two to three weeks, expecting the crisis to ease by then.

Also read: Coronavirus | Virus toll in Iran climbs as lockdowns deepen across Middleast

Iran “has to do everything necessary to return economic production to normal,” he said in comments broadcast on state TV. He also accused “counter-revolutionaries” of plotting to shut down economic production.

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