President Hassan Rouhani, in separate phone calls with the governors of Qom and Gilan Provinces, instructed that all resources in the provinces should be used to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus and ensure people’s health.
According to Tasnim news agency, in the telephone conversations with Bahram Sarmast and Arsalan Zare, the Governors of Qom and Gilan, on Monday, Rouhani expressed his solidarity with the residents of the two provinces, especially the families who have lost loved ones due to the coronavirus outbreak.
He ordered the governors to mobilize all the resources and try their hardest to ensure the people’s health.
The governors of Qom and Gilan also briefed the president on the measures to control and eradicate the infectious disease.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki said the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country has risen to 12 and the total number of confirmed cases to 47.
In an interview with Tasnim, the spokesman for the Iranian Parliament’s Presiding Board said the Health Minister has announced in a closed-door session of the parliament on Monday that the number of cases admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 infection has reached 47 and the death toll has risen to 12.
The minister has also noted that two coronavirus cases have been detected in capital Tehran, both of whom had traveled to the city of Qom, where the first cases of coronavirus were reported in Iran, Asadollah Abbasi said.
The lawmaker said families in the Province of Qom are being given free packages including masks and detergents.
The Health Ministry says the source of contagion in Iran were the individuals returning to Iran from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China, some of whom have crossed the border illegally, the MP added.
China had 150 new confirmed coronavirus deaths on Sunday, the National Health Commission announced on Monday, pushing the death toll nationwide to 2,592.