5 March 2020
The number of people infected in Iran by COVID-19 has increased from 2,922 to 3,513, with the death toll at 107, (again these death totals can’t be relied on) according to the health ministry.
Some 552 people have already recovered.
Iran launched a national mobilization campaign Thursday to track and slow the spread of the coronavirus, including closing schools for the next two weeks, as the Health Ministry announced 591 new cases and 15 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki has stated that authorities have decided to close schools and universities in the country until the end of the Iranian calendar year on 20 March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
He continued on by saying that Iran will begin manning checkpoints to limit travel between major cities.
The statement comes after Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that the virus has affected almost all the regions in the country. Last week, the country’s parliament made a decision to suspend work until further notice due to the ongoing outbreak.
Iran is among one of the hardest-hit by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.