Iranian cabinet members discuss latest measures to combat coronavirus

Tasnim – Members of Iran’s cabinet briefed President Hassan Rouhani on the latest measures taken to combat the outbreak of the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, which has killed dozens in the country.

During a cabinet session chaired by Rouhani in Tehran on Sunday, the executive organs briefed him on the latest measures taken to fight against the coronavirus epidemic in the country.

In its report, the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, said the needed detergents have been supplied and made assurances that disinfectants, respiratory masks and other medical equipment, which have been scarce due to unusual consumption or other issues, will be supplied soon.

The president instructed the responsible bodies to exercise all their legal powers to provide the people with economic, banking, livelihood and medical facilities.

Earlier on Sunday, the Health Ministry’s public relations director said that due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, 54 people have lost their lives in the country so far.

Kianoush Jahanpour said since yesterday noon, the total number of coronavirus cases has increased by 385, reaching 978.

He further said the death toll from the new coronavirus epidemic in the country has reached 54.

So far, 175 patients with the infectious disease have recovered and discharged from hospitals in the country, which is a significant number, he said.

Most cases of new coronavirus infection have been reported in the capital, Tehran, in recent days, he went on to say.

Medical staffs in 20 provinces of Iran have been working tirelessly over the past days to contain the novel coronavirus that has originated from China.

Following the increase of coronavirus increase, the Iranian government ordered the shutting of schools until Tuesday and extended the closure of universities and a ban on concerts and sports events for a week.

Several high-ranking officials, including the deputy health minister and five lawmakers, have tested positive for the coronavirus as the spread of the outbreak forced the government to call on people to stay at home.