Iranian authorities today announced 134 more deaths due to the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities in Iran to 3,294, one of the countries most affected by the covid-19 pandemic.
Iran has recorded 2,715 cases of contagion in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected people to 53,183, said Ministry of Health spokesman Kianuche Jahanpur at his daily press conference.
Jahanpur said 17,935 hospitalized people had recovered and 4,035 were in critical condition.
Iran announced on February 19 the first cases of contagion and the first deaths in its territory, in the city of Qom (center).
After trying to avoid imposing confinement or quarantine measures, the government decided on March 25 to ban any movement between cities.
The measure, which came into force two days later, runs until April 8 and could be extended.
Without being officially confined, the inhabitants have been urged for several weeks to stay at home “as long as possible”.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on Thursday in the cabinet that the country may face the covid-19 pandemic "for several months or even until the end" of the Iranian year, which ends in March 2021.
He insisted that the country must remain vigilant, saying that new limitations could be applied.
Since the end of February, schools and universities have been closed in some provinces, before the measure was extended to the entire country.
Four major Shiite pilgrimage sites have also been closed, namely in Qom.
Friday collective prayers were canceled and parliament closed its doors.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than one million people worldwide, of whom more than 51,000 have died.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.
The European continent, with more than 525,000 infected and more than 37,000 dead, is the one with the highest number of cases, and Italy is the country in the world with the most fatalities, with 13,915 deaths in 115,242 confirmed cases by Thursday .