A police vehicle disinfects streets against coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 1, 2020. While the new coronavirus has extended its reach across the world, geographic clusters of infections were emerging, with Iran, Italy and South Korea seeing rising cases. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran’s Health Minister announced Thursday the launch of a national mobilization plan against coronavirus after 107 deaths and 3,513 cases were confirmed.

There have been 15 deaths and 591 new positive cases recorded since Wednesday, with major outbreaks of the virus in the provinces of Tehran, Qom, Gylan and Esfehan.

Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpour said 739 people have recovered from the virus and have left hospital.

Health Minister Saeed Namaki said the plan will initially focus on affected areas and spread to other parts of the country in the coming days, according to state media. 

It will include all 17,000 health centers and 9,000 medical and clinical centers in all cities, suburban areas and villages, according to state news agency IRNA.

Some infected people will be placed under home quarantine but will receive medicine and advice. People with more serious conditions will stay in hospital, Namaki said.

Public places will be disinfected, and the entries to infected towns and cities will be controlled to diagnose and quarantine cases.

Facilities have been properly equipped to curb the spread of the virus, he said. The number of medical laboratories to test coronavirus infections has reached 22, and is expected to reach 40 by the end of next week, Namaki said.

Namaki urged the public not to travel and to cancel all social gatherings.

Iran has temporarily shut down schools, universities, and other education centers, and cancelled all public events, such as concerts and sport events.

Source: CNN News


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