Iran announces “general mobilization” to confront Corona


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced “the general mobilization of the nation and the government” to confront the new wave of the emerging corona virus, after the Ministry of Health announced the largest number of daily infections to date in the countries of the Middle East most affected by the virus.

“I call on all governmental organizations, forces and other institutions to come to the aid of the Ministry of Health and health workers by all possible means,” Rouhani said in a statement published by the official media.

On Saturday, the government said it would impose tighter restrictions in Tehran and about a hundred cities and towns across the country from November 21. Under these restrictions, non-essential businesses and services will be closed and cars will be prevented from leaving or entering those cities and towns.

Iranian officials have repeatedly complained that many people ignore the call to stay at home, while Tehran City Council Chairman Mohsen Hashemi warned today that the number of deaths in the city could reach 1,000 a day in the coming weeks.

Today, Sunday, the Iranian Ministry of Health said that the new cases of the Coronavirus in the country increased by 12543 cases in the past twenty-four hours, setting a record, raising the cumulative total of cases to 762068 cases.

Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Larry told state television that 459 people had died of the disease in the past 24 hours, which brought the total number of deaths to 41,493 in the Middle East country most affected by the virus.

The opposition “Kalima” website said today that the tests confirmed that the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra, who have been under house arrest since 2011, were infected with the Corona virus.


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