The deadly Coronavirus has started to acquire a ferocious face in West Asia. Iran on Friday reported 34 deaths due to the virus. The country announced a 3-day nationwide school closure as the virus spreads across the nation. The officials warned the country would be facing a “difficult week” fighting the coronavirus.
Yesterday Friday prayers were canceled in 23 out of 31 provinces in Iran. “We have a relatively difficult week ahead as we see the trend, the main peak of the disease will be in the next week and coming days,” Health Minister Saeed Namaki said on state television.
The death toll in Iran is highest outside China due to the virus. After assessing the situation an immediate closures of schools and Friday prayers was announced. Since the virus spreads through the air their are high chances of it spreading in places where there are large gatherings. A total of 388 have been reported affect in the country.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had offered to help with the coronavirus response in Iran, and raised doubts about Tehran’s willingness to share information. Though the virus has affected people in Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman deaths have been reported only from Iran in West Asia. All those infected in Bahrain and Kuwait had traveled to Iran or were contaminated by people who went there, according to officials in the two Gulf Arab states.