Iran's Wuhan coronavirus toll rises, tens of thousands may get tested
Topics: IRAN WUHAN CORONAVIRUS
Kianoush Jahanpour urged people to stay away from mass gatherings and limit their travel.
"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," Jahanpur told state TV.
The country has the world’s highest death toll outside of China, the epicenter of the outbreak.
At the same news conference, Jahanpour suggested “tens of thousands” could seek testing for the coronavirus. He also encouraged people to continue to avoid mass gatherings even funerals for those who died of the virus.
“The safest place is our homes and our cities,” he said. “We have to reduce our visits, even attending to funerals, and of course those people who are mourning, will feel guilty if they find that their ceremony causes the disease to spread.” ■