An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died from the brand new coronavirus, as different high officers within the nation are confirmed to be contaminated, in keeping with a number of studies on Monday.
The Iranian Well being Ministry recorded 523 new circumstances previously 24 hours, bringing the nation’s identified whole to 1,501. They mark a 53 p.c enhance since yesterday.
Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, was an Expediency Council member who suggested Khamenei and settled disputes between him and parliament. COVID-19 has already contaminated Iran’s vice chairman and deputy well being minister.
His demise comes after the nation rejected assist from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday — who introduced final week the U.S. was involved Iran might have coated up particulars on the unfold of the virus.
“We neither depend on such assist nor are we prepared to simply accept verbal assist,” International Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi mentioned throughout a briefing on Monday. He added the nation has at all times been “suspicious” over American intentions, and that the U.S. authorities was making an attempt to weaken Iranians’ spirits over the outbreak.
Iran’s mortality fee from the virus is roughly 5.5 p.c, in comparison with an total fatality fee of about 2 p.c in China. The distinction in charges has led individuals to counsel the variety of infections in Iran is larger than what the nation has formally reported. The nation’s first case was reported lower than two weeks in the past.
The virus has killed not less than 66 individuals in Iran, the best demise toll exterior of China. The vast majority of 1,150 circumstances all through the Center East are linked again to the nation.
Iran was making ready the opportunity of testing “tens of 1000’s” of individuals following a spike of circumstances on Saturday.
The nation has closed faculties and universities on account of COVID-19, however spiritual Shiite shrines have remained open. Final week, Iranians had been captured licking a few of the shrines in defiance of the coronavirus.
Most international locations within the Center East have restricted or ceased journey to the nation. It has the 4th highest contaminated whole exterior of China, South Korea, and Italy.
India on Monday introduced two constructive circumstances of COVID-19, in keeping with the nation’s Ministry of Well being. One particular person was discovered to be contaminated in New Delhi and had a journey historical past from Italy. The opposite was from the southern state of Telangana and had a journey historical past from Dubai.
Each sufferers are being carefully monitored, the division said.
“Relying on the worldwide evolving state of affairs, journey restrictions might be imposed as a precautionary measure,” mentioned Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Well being and Household Welfare.
Intelligence companies had considerations over India’s lack of countermeasures to the virus and mentioned its dense inhabitants might gas a widespread outbreak, in keeping with Reuters.
The Related Press contributed to this report