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Iran: Shrine disinfected to prevent spread of coronavirus in country's epicentre

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Qom
February 25, 2020 at 12:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Fatima Masumeh Shrine in the city of Qom was disinfected on Monday to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the city that was the first to be hit by the flu-like virus in Iran.

Footage shows a worker disinfecting various parts of the religious site, while worshippers were praying.

State media report that the number of people who died from the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, rose to 15, the highest number of victims outside of China. There are 61 confirmed cases of infection.

Built initially as a cemetery in the 10th century, the Fatima Masumeh site is considered to be one of the most sacred and significant shrines in Iran by Shia Muslims.

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The Fatima Masumeh Shrine in the city of Qom was disinfected on Monday to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the city that was the first to be hit by the flu-like virus in Iran.

Footage shows a worker disinfecting various parts of the religious site, while worshippers were praying.

State media report that the number of people who died from the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, rose to 15, the highest number of victims outside of China. There are 61 confirmed cases of infection.

Built initially as a cemetery in the 10th century, the Fatima Masumeh site is considered to be one of the most sacred and significant shrines in Iran by Shia Muslims.

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