Gulf states cut Iran links over rise in Covid-19 cases

Iran coronavirus death toll jumps to 12 Report

But a lawmaker from Qom, Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani, was quoted by the semi-official ILNA news agency as saying that the death toll was 50.

The updates bring mainland China's totals to 77,658 cases and 2,663 deaths.

He also said that among those who died from the virus was a merchant who regularly shuttled between the two countries using indirect flights in recent weeks.

"I wanted to tell you that. we will definitely be victorious against this virus in the next few weeks", Mr Harirchi declared.

On Tuesday, Iran did confirm that 15 people have died in the country from COVID-19, and said there were 95 confirmed cases of the illness in the country. "We pledge to be transparent about the reporting of figures", said Rabiei. However, experts remain concerned Iran may be underreporting the number of cases and deaths, given the rapid spread of cases emanating from Iran across the Persian Gulf. Generally, I feel fine. "So far, I have not seen any particular action to confront corona by the administration".

President Hassan Rouhani meanwhile urged Iranians not to panic, saying: "We will get through the virus".

"This surely contributed to the spread", he said. On Monday it said it had 900 suspected cased, which, if confirmed, would be the most outside China.

"It is an incredible time".

In Italy, a sixth fatality was confirmed, deepening fears about the virus spreading through Europe.

21 press conference, Rahmanifazli was asked why there was no quarantine, particularly in Qom, where the virus seems to have first popped up in Iran.

Qatar Airways, one of the Mideast's biggest carriers, also said it was essentially halting operations to Iran and South Korea until further notice. Public transports, restaurants and cafes are all but empty.

In Qom, the Shiite holy city south of Tehran that government statistics say has been hit hardest by the virus, photos published by the judiciary's Mizan news agency showed doctors wearing high-end face masks. He also said that "quarantines belong to the Stone Age".

Six Arab countries reported their first cases, with those infected all having links to Iran.

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General held a press conference to speak about the virus's confirmed numbers and called the sudden increase in Iran's confirmed cases "deeply concerning".

The outbreak in Iran comes as its clerical rulers face mounting USA pressure that has hit the economy hard.

The United Arab Emirates state media said Dubai International Airport had suspended all flights to and from Iran.

Iran is already facing diplomatic and economic isolation under US pressure.

Bordering nations Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan and Armenia have all closed their borders to Iran. An Israeli woman who was evacuated from a cruise liner that was quarantined off the coast of Japan tested positive after arriving home.

"As of yesterday afternoon, Iran was second only to China in coronavirus deaths", CNS reports Pompeo said. Azerbaijan also temporarily closed the Bilasuvar and Astara checkpoints on the border with Iran, local media reported Sunday. It remains unclear when the checkpoints will be re-opened. Iran is connected to the rest of the Middle East through travel by workers and religious pilgrims.

"All passenger and cargo aircraft traveling to and from Iran will be suspended for a period of one week, and could be up for extension", the authority said.

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