As Iran’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic entered its fifth month the country’s Health authorities have announced more than 100 new deaths from Coronavirus and another 2,000 cases of the illness.
Iran reported its first Coronavirus cases on February 19, 2020, and it has since struggled to contain the outbreak, the worst in the Middle East.
The Islamic republic’s official figures have shown an upward trajectory in new cases of infection since early May.
Health Ministry spokeswoman,Sima Sadat Lari, said on Saturday, June 20, 2020, that there were 115 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the Country’s death toll to 9,507; adding that there were also 2,322 new cases of infection, with the total number of confirmed cases now at 202,584.
President Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday that stress created by the disease could leave people “depressed”; calling on experts and artists to prepare Iranians mentally “to fight the virus for a long time”.
The President, during a meeting of a Taskforce set up to fight the pandemic, said: “Without perseverance and continuity, we risk losing all our gains.”
He also confirmed his Government’s decision to allow provinces to make their own decisions on restrictive measures, implemented with the president’s approval.