Iran’s loss of life toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Saturday reaching 1,556, and the full variety of individuals contaminated now exceeds 20,000, a well being ministry official mentioned.
The entire variety of individuals recognized with the illness stood at 20,610 on Saturday, well being ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour mentioned on state TV.
Nonetheless, regardless of the rising loss of life toll, President Hassan Rouhani mentioned on Saturday that social distancing measures to fight the unfold of coronavirus, together with journey restrictions, will apply for under two to 3 weeks as he expects the disaster to ease by then.
Iran “has to do every little thing essential to return financial manufacturing to regular,” he mentioned in feedback broadcast on state TV.
Rouhani, who additionally accused “counter-revolutionaries” of plotting to close down financial manufacturing, made his statements regardless of the rising variety of virus deaths throughout the nation.
In earlier statements, Rouhani promised to beat the brand new coronavirus and defended his authorities’s response to the pandemic within the face of widespread criticism that officers acted too slowly and will have even coated up preliminary circumstances earlier than infections unfold quickly throughout the nation.
“We’ll put the coronavirus behind us quickly with unity, with arduous work and with cooperation,” he mentioned.
Rouhani additionally assured Iranians that his administration will prioritize well being within the coming 12 months and mentioned it had stockpiled fundamental provides, the Related Press reported.
Iran is among the international locations most affected by the pandemic outdoors of China.