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US accuses Iran of concealing information on coronavirus outbreak

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran could conceal crucial information about the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

“The US is extremely concerned about information that indicates that the Iranian regime could hide crucial details on the outbreak (coronavirus) in this country,” he said at a briefing.

According to him, Iran ranks second after China in terms of mortality due to the new virus.

Earlier, the representative of the Ministry of Health of Iran, Kianush Jahanpur, said that the number of cases of coronavirus infection in Iran reached 95, of which 15 were fatal.

Thus, since Monday, the number of infected has increased by 34, who died – by three, which was the largest increase in the number of confirmed cases since February 19.

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. Among the new cases, the majority are also residents of the province of the same name.

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province).

Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19. The number of people infected in mainland China has already exceeded 77.6 thousand people, 2663 have died, over 27 thousand have been cured.

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