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Iran: Residents express concerns following coronavirus deaths in Iran

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
February 20, 2020 at 16:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

After two people were pronounced dead as a result of the coronavirus in the Iranian city of Qom on Wednesday, citizens of Tehran on Thursday expressed their concerns over the spread of the virus in Iran. They also called for greater governmental transparency and for the provision of accurate information concerning the virus.

“There is fear, and this is a hazardous disease and its outbreak speed is high. I am worried that it turns into an epidemic,” said a Tehran resident.

Another resident said that what is important is to provide people with “the right information” and to exercise “no censorship” related to the disease.

Due to the news on the spread of the virus, the prices of face masks and anti-bacterial gel, used to maintain hygiene and to counter the virus, “have gone up” according to a doctor, Pour Esmaeil. One resident considered this to be “unfair” while another said that the government should provide them “for free."

At a time when the Speaker of the parliament Ali Larijani emphasised the importance of taking immediate and pre-emptive measures to counter the virus, the speaker of the government Ali Rabiei said that Tehran would follow up anti-coronavirus measures using its full capacity.

After the discovery of the contamination cases in Qom, the government reportedly shut down schools in the city on Thursday. Three additional cases but no fatalities have since been announced in Iran, by authorities in that country.

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

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After two people were pronounced dead as a result of the coronavirus in the Iranian city of Qom on Wednesday, citizens of Tehran on Thursday expressed their concerns over the spread of the virus in Iran. They also called for greater governmental transparency and for the provision of accurate information concerning the virus.

“There is fear, and this is a hazardous disease and its outbreak speed is high. I am worried that it turns into an epidemic,” said a Tehran resident.

Another resident said that what is important is to provide people with “the right information” and to exercise “no censorship” related to the disease.

Due to the news on the spread of the virus, the prices of face masks and anti-bacterial gel, used to maintain hygiene and to counter the virus, “have gone up” according to a doctor, Pour Esmaeil. One resident considered this to be “unfair” while another said that the government should provide them “for free."

At a time when the Speaker of the parliament Ali Larijani emphasised the importance of taking immediate and pre-emptive measures to counter the virus, the speaker of the government Ali Rabiei said that Tehran would follow up anti-coronavirus measures using its full capacity.

After the discovery of the contamination cases in Qom, the government reportedly shut down schools in the city on Thursday. Three additional cases but no fatalities have since been announced in Iran, by authorities in that country.

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

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