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 line with a number of reviews on Monday.
The Iranian Well being Ministry recorded 523 new instances prior to now 24 hours, bringing the nation’s identified complete to 1,501. They mark a 53 p.c enhance for the reason that day earlier than.
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 vp and deputy well being minister.
His demise comes after the federal government on Monday rejected assist from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who introduced final week the U.S. was involved Iran could have lined up particulars on the unfold of the virus.
“We neither rely on such assist nor are we prepared to simply accept verbal assist,” Overseas Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi stated throughout a briefing on Monday. He added the nation has all the time 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 price from the virus is roughly 5.5 p.c, in comparison with an total fatality price 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 very best demise toll exterior of China. The vast majority of 1,150 instances all through the Center East are linked again to the nation.
Iran was making ready the potential for testing “tens of hundreds” of individuals following a spike of instances on Saturday.
The nation has closed colleges and universities as a consequence of COVID-19, however non secular Shiite shrines have remained open. Final week, Iranians have been captured licking a few of the shrines in defiance of the coronavirus.
Most nations within the Center East have restricted or ceased journey to the nation. It has the 4th highest contaminated complete exterior of China, South Korea, and Italy.
India on Monday introduced two optimistic instances of COVID-19, in line 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 intently monitored, the division said.
“Relying on the worldwide evolving state of affairs, journey restrictions may very well be imposed as a precautionary measure,” stated Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Well being and Household Welfare.
Intelligence businesses had considerations over India’s lack of countermeasures to the virus and stated its dense inhabitants may gasoline a widespread outbreak, in line with Reuters.
The Related Press contributed to this report.