Tehran has ramped up measures against the deadly outbreak of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, as the rapid spread of the virus has triggered worries world over.
Reza Karami Mohammadi from Tehran Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization briefed authorities at the municipality on the efforts being done to better contain the outbreak and protect the people against the epidemic as the number of new infections keeps rising.
He also presented reports on the emergency measures put in place by the crisis management committee and closely supervised by the relevant task forces.
The emergency efforts include the closure of or restriction on a number of public places such as fruit and vegetable markets and seasonal fairs and bazaars.
Tehran is also strengthening its disinfection measures as almost all public facilities and transit systems hubs and vehicles are being sprayed regularly to control the transmission of the contagion.
According to the latest statement released by Iran’s Health Ministry on Saturday, coronavirus infections have taken the lives of 43 Iranians, with a total number of 593 people being diagnosed with the disease across the country.
The new virus has infected more than 85,000 people and killed about 2,900 others since it was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December, with about 50 countries on six continents confirming cases.
Apart from China, where the vast majority of infections and deaths have occurred since December, Iran has recorded the most deaths from the new form of the virus.