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Authorities in Iran said the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has infected approximately 47 Iranians and left 12 people dead so far in the country, the largest death toll outside of China.

Parliament Spokesperson Asadollah Abbasi told the press in Tehran on Monday that every single family in Qom, the first Iranian city to be hit by the virus, "has been provided with packages including masks, antibacterial products and information."

He went on to say that most people who have tested positive for the coronavirus came from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China, "some of them entered illegally."

SOT, Asadollah Abbasi, Iranian parliament presiding board spokesperson (Farsi): "Approximately 47 cases have been confirmed positive across the country. Unfortunately, 12 people have died. Two people who travelled from Qom also tested positive. In Qom every single family has been provided with packages including masks, antibacterial products and information in this regard. Most of them are people coming from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China. Some of them entered illegally." Authorities in Iran said the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has infected approximately 47 Iranians and left 12 people dead so far in the country, the largest death toll outside of China.

Parliament Spokesperson Asadollah Abbasi told the press in Tehran on Monday that every single family in Qom, the first Iranian city to be hit by the virus, "has been provided with packages including masks, antibacterial products and information."

He went on to say that most people who have tested positive for the coronavirus came from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China, "some of them entered illegally."

The Iranian government has already ordered all schools, universities and several cultural places to remain closed for 10 days in several provinces to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to the latest report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), nearly 80,000 people have been infected by the COVID-19 so far and over 2,600 people have died.

The Iranian government has already ordered all schools, universities and several cultural places to remain closed for 10 days in several provinces to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to the latest report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), nearly 80,000 people have been infected by the COVID-19 so far and over 2,600 people have died.

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France 24 08 Apr 2020 15:56 CEST

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