Iran reports 12 COVID-19 deaths, 47 infected

People wearing masks walk in downtown Tehran, Iran, Feb. 23, 2020. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday issued an order to form a national headquarters to cope with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, state TV reported. Since Iran announced the first batch cases of the coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, 43 Iranians have been confirmed infected by the virus, eight of whom have died.

Tehran,  Twelve people have died in Iran due to the novel coronavirus, while a total of 47 persons were infected by the deadly disease, Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki announced on Monday.

The Minister said that “Iran has enough sanitary resources to battle the novel coronavirus disease”, urging people to avoid public gatherings and sports events, reports Xinhua news agency.

The infected people are from the Iranian central cities of Qom and Arak, northern cities of Rasht, Tonokabon and capital Tehran.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, Kuwait and Bahrain on Monday confirmed their first coronavirus cases.