Iran Live Updates
- Iran’s new coronavirus death toll has reached 4,777, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur has said in a statement on national TV.
- Ninety four people died in the past twenty four hours, he said.
- “Fortunately 45,983 of those infected with the virus have recovered … There were 1,617 new infected cases in the past 24 hours,” tweeted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran’s health minister.
- Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV that 3,877 of those infected with the new coronavirus were in critical condition.
- Iran began reopening government offices and businesses Saturday after a brief nationwide lockdown to help contain the worst outbreak in the Middle East, which has killed more than 4,300 people in the country.
- Iran is facing a major challenge in controlling the outbreak.
- Government offices outside the capital, Tehran, reopened Saturday with two-thirds of employees coming in and the remainder working from home, state media reported. Women who have young children were given priority in deciding who works remotely.
- Iran, devastated by the coronavirus, is asking the U.S. to lift sanctions on humanitarian grounds. U.S. officials say sanctions aren’t to blame; Iran is.
- Iran’s leadership has widened restrictions on travel and banned traditional gatherings as the death toll there continues to rise.
- Iran’s President Rouhani ordered shopping centers and bazaars across the country to shut for the 15-day holiday. The only exceptions are for pharmacies and grocery stores. The authorities have also closed key religious sites, among them the highly-revered shrines of Hazrat Masoumeh and Imam Reza in the cities of Qom and Mashhad.
- The government has said that it will give cash payments to the three million poorest Iranians while another four million households will receive low-interest loans, partly subsidized by the government.