Iran has revealed that the dreaded Coronavirus has killed 149 more people, raising the country’s official death toll to 1,433.
Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi also revealed that 1,237 new cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours with the total infections standing at 19,644.
These statistics make Iran one of the world’s worst-hit countries, and happens at a time Iranians are celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year which ushers in a 2-week holiday characterized by increased family visits.
Although authotities had urged citizens to avoid family visits or being outside, a footage aired by state television showed hundreds of vehicles in Tehran roads, the country’s capital, a clear indication that no one seems to be heeding state warnings.
Deputy health minister said the state had set up checkpoints around major cities to test anyone suspected to have contracted the virus, and if found positive will be sent home for self-quarantine.
President Hassan Rouhani and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sent out holiday message to Iranians, stating that they would overcome the pandemic that continues to claim hundreds of Iranian lives every day.