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Iranian President compares US sanctions with coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has compared US sanctions against Tehran with coronavirus.

“US sanctions are like a coronavirus, there’s more fear from them than reality shows,” Rowhani said on Sunday, hosting the Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.

Iran currently has 43 cases of coronavirus infection, of which eight are fatal. For the first time, authorities reported becoming infected on February 19 – the infection began in the city of Kum, which is a pilgrimage site for Shiite Muslims. According to doctors, the majority of those infected are either residents of the city, or went there.

At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Health of Iran, Said Namaki, speaking about how the virus could get into the country, said that one of the Qum residents who had already died from the coronavirus went to China at the time of the outbreak there.

In Iran, in connection with the spread of the coronavirus, they announced the closure of educational institutions in several provinces of the country, cultural events were also canceled, and some sporting events will be held without spectators.

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