Iran says it won't quarantine any towns or cities, despite recording the most coronavirus deaths outside of China

Iran says it won't quarantine any towns or cities, despite recording the most coronavirus deaths outside of China | @BISouthAfrica

2020-02-26 11:45:00 PM

Iran says it won't quarantine any towns or cities, despite recording the most coronavirus deaths outside of China | BISouthAfrica

Iran said two people died from the coronavirus the same day it discovered its first case, leaving many questioning the honesty of the official count.

deaths than any country besides China."We have no plan to quarantine any district or any city. We only quarantine individuals," Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday,according to BBC Monitoring."What is more important than the coronavirus is the virus of fear, anxiety and mistrust among the people. This virus is worse than that virus and we should not create doubts and make people fearful," he added.

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The total number of confirmed cases in Iran rose to 139 on Wednesday,the Associated Press (AP) reported, citing Iran's health ministry. Nineteen people have died.Criticism of Iran's handling of the crisis has been extremely strong, with some accusing the government of a cover-up.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesdaysaidhe was"deeply concerned" that Iran"may have suppressed vital details about the outbreak.""All nations, including Iran, should tell the truth about the coronavirus and cooperate with international aid organisations," Pompeo said.

On Tuesday, Iran's deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, revealed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The day before,he was seen looking extremely unwellat a press conference.The number of confirmed cases inside Iran is suspected to be far higher than authorities there are revealing.

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