FILE PHOTO: Members of firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as they disinfect the streets, ahead of the Iranian New Year Nowruz, March 20, in Tehran, Iran March 18, 2020.
A key pilgrimage site in Iran's holy Shia city of Mashhad has been closed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, a spokesman said on Sunday. Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader issues a religious ruling prohibiting "unnecessary" travel in the country.
Jahanpour appealed for Iranians to "make a conscious decision concerning travel, days out and family visits during Nowruz", the Persian New Year holiday.
That's even as the death toll in Iran saw another 13 percent increase on Tuesday. According to Independent, Tehran based Sharif University of Technology in a computer simulation has determined the death toll to cross 12,000 by May.
"In 11 provinces" out of 31, "the number of infections has decreased because people have followed our guidelines", Raisi said, renewing the call for Iranians to stay home. If they offer medium cooperation, there will be 300,000 cases and 110,000 deaths, she says.
The embassy, in its statement, said that Pakistan and Russian Federation took notice of the negative impact of sanctions on the virus-hit Iran.
The NCRI said the very first report on the epidemic was about the death of two infected people, without any specific information about where the virus had first been detected in Iran.
But footage aired by state television showed hundreds of vehicles pouring out of Tehran on Thursday evening.
Ali-Reza Raeesi further said that 5,979 infected Iranians have recovered so far. That's anxious health officials, who for weeks ordered Iran's Shia clergy to close them.
"It was a year that began with the floods and ended with the coronavirus", Khamenei said.
"We have neither the capacity nor the ability to put Tehran under quarantine". Others joined him in chanting: "The health minister is damn wrong to do that, the president is damn wrong to do that!" Police later dispersed the crowds and made arrests.
Despite the tensions between the United States and Iran, Michael White, a U.S. citizen jailed by the Iranians three years ago has been released on medical grounds, and is staying at the USA embassy in Tehran. "Unfortunately, some people have not taken seriously how unsafe the coronavirus is".
"The unprecedented point is that the pardon includes the security-related prisoners with less than five-year jail sentences".
Earlier this week, the UN's special rapporteur to Iran, Javaid Rehman, urged Iranian authorities to release political prisoner and prisoners of conscience.
Iran has asked other countries to disregard inhumane USA sanctions as it is fighting with the spread of COVID-19 across the country. Majority are said to hail from Kargil.