Iran’s coronavirus death toll soars to 2,234 – 157 more people dead in just 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, 157 people have died after contracting COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in the country to 2,234. Health ministry spokesperson Kianoush Jahanpour has also confirmed a significant rise in those reported to have contracted the deadly disease. 

In just one day, 2,389 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. 

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 29,406.

Iran is one of the most affected countries outside of China.

The Iranian Government has put a stop on all travel within the country to avoid a so-called “second wave” of the virus from spreading.

A spokesman, Ali Rabiei, said the ban was put into place for a reason, but that many were breaking the rules to travel during the Nowruz New Year celebrations.

He said: “Unfortunately some Iranians have ignored advice from health ministry officials and travelled during the new year holidays.”

“This could cause a second wave of the coronavirus.”

The Iranian Government has vowed to crack down on existing regulations if they believe rules are not being followed. 

A number of prominent Iranian figures have been diagnosed with the virus, including political advisers and MPs. 

The country rivals Italy and Spain as one of the most affected and infected countries in the world. 

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Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned citizens they should not panic.

He previously stated: “This calamity is not that big of a deal, there have been bigger ones in the past.

“I do not want to underestimate this issue, of course, but let us not overestimate it either.”

However, the Government are fighting back with all their might against the rapid spread of the virus in the country. 

The Ayatollah has encouraged citizens to cling to their faith in the time of hardship, saying: “Prayer can solve many problems.

“Whatever helps public health and prevents the spread of disease is good and what helps it to spread is sin.”

This is a breaking news story. More to follow…

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