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Coronavirus: Iran announces 63 new deaths, bringing the total to 354

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Iran announced on Wednesday the death of an additional 63 people infected with the new coronavirus, bringing the total to 354 dead in this country, one of the most affected in the world.

“Unfortunately, in the past 24 hours, we have reported 63 deaths and a total of 354 people have died,” said Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour.

The authorities have also identified, according to Jahanpour, 958 new cases of contamination, bringing to some 9,000 the number of people infected in Iran.

The spread of the new coronavirus is one of the deadliest outside of China, where the disease first appeared.

Tehran, the capital, has experienced 256 new cases of contamination followed by the province of Isfahan (center), with 170.

Iran announced its first death from coronavirus in the Shiite holy city of Qom on February 19.

He has yet to formally impose quarantines, but authorities have repeatedly called on residents to refrain from traveling. They closed schools and universities and used the closure of hotels and other tourist accommodation to discourage travel.

In this context, President Hassan Rouhani launched a new appeal on Wednesday to the Iranians, inviting them to limit their movements in order to contain the virus.

– 44 deaths from poisoning –

“Movements must be kept to a minimum,” Rohani said at a government meeting, flanked by ministers all wearing masks.

“Everyone must be careful so that the spread of the virus can be contained,” he added.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has canceled his speech every year in Machhad (northeast Iran) for the Persian New Year because of the new coronavirus, his office said on Monday.

In addition to the direct deaths, 84 people died of methanol poisoning in Iran after rumors that drinking alcohol could help cure or protect against the virus.

A final report on these poisonings reported Tuesday 44 deaths.

In some provinces such as southwest Khuzestan, the number of deaths due to poisoning is higher than that of the coronavirus.

Since the appearance of the new coronavirus in December, 119,711 cases of infection have been recorded in 110 countries and territories, causing the death of 4,351 people, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources Wednesday at 9:00 GMT.

Mainland China, where all those arriving from abroad in Beijing are now placed in quarantine for 14 days, has 80,778 cases, including 3,158 deaths and 61,475 people today healed.

The most affected countries after China are Italy (10,149 cases, 631 deaths), Iran (9,000 cases, 354 deaths), South Korea (7,755 cases, 60 deaths) and France (1,784 cases, 33 death).

The management of the new coronavirus was also prompted in the controversy between Iran and the United States: faced with the threat of this epidemic, the United States on Tuesday called on Iran to “immediately release” all nationals Americans “unjustly detained”.

Tehran has accused Washington of “taking Iranian prisoners hostage” and expressed concern for their health because of what he called President Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the new coronavirus.

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