TEHRAN (HRNW) – Iran ordered the closure of schools, universities and cultural centres after a coronavirus outbreak that has killed eight people in the Islamic republic — the most outside the Far East.
The moves came as Iranian authorities reported one more death among 43 new cases of the virus.
The COVID-19 outbreak in Iran first surfaced on Wednesday, when authorities said it claimed the lives of two elderly people in Qom, a Shiite holy city south of the capital.
They were the first confirmed deaths from the virus in the Middle East. Iran reported two more deaths on Friday.