Coronavirus Tightens Grip in Iran – 1000 Cases Appear
The death toll keeps rising in Iran as the country becomes one of the worst-hit with the coronavirus pandemic. A recent update on figures reveals that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed over 850 lives after 129 more fell victims to it. This means that the total number of cases has risen to over 14,000 as the country battles a virus outbreak amidst economic sanctions.
Iran – Third Place In Coronavirus Outbreak
According to what Al Jazeera reports, the coronavirus in Iran caused the single biggest jump in death tolls. This Sunday the figures rose to 113, increasing the overall figures to more than 14,000. The country is already fighting the economic pressure put by President Donald Trump. With the addition of COVID-19, the government will now request the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide an aid of US$5 billion.
To contain the panic, the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has claimed that the country has passed the peak.
“Based on the figures, we have passed the peak of the outbreak, but I still suggest people stay at home, and in case of urgency, observe all health protocols.”
Iran’s coronavirus outbreak also includes senior government officials, politicians, doctors and commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Religious clerics have also tested positive for the COVID-19, two of which are members of the top clerical body.
There are other countries, apart from Iran, who are also reporting big jumps in coronavirus cases. France announced 29 deaths, making a total of 120 deaths in the country. Around 900 infections came into the record, contributing to a total of 5400 cases. Italy recently reported the highest number of new deaths within 24 hours, 368. After China, Italy is the second worst-hit country, recording over 1800 deaths. 25,000 cases are waiting for their fate as the government increase efforts to control the massive spread.
As the countries around the world collectively pick up efforts to stop COVID-19, does a vaccine looks to be closer now more than ever?