Iran has a rising variety of coronavirus circumstances and there may be concern about how the federal government is responding.
With the assistance of our colleagues in BBC Persian, we have been attempting to piece collectively what is going on in Iran.
What number of have been contaminated?
The Iranian authorities on Wednesday mentioned 19 folks have died to this point and 139 folks have been contaminated, however the true quantity is predicted to be a lot greater.
A World Well being Group (WHO) staff will journey to Iran this weekend to guage the scenario and supply help.
Have quarantine restrictions been imposed?
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says there are not any plans to quarantine complete cities and cities.
In Qom, the town on the centre of the outbreak, non secular shrines are nonetheless open.
Probably the most revered, the Hazrat Masumeh shrine, is visited by hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslim pilgrims yearly from all around the world.
Individuals have been suggested to keep away from pointless gatherings, and requested to not journey to Qom, however there isn’t any outright closure of non secular websites within the metropolis.
The custodian of the Hazrat Masumeh shrine has mentioned that folks see it as a supply of restoration and therapeutic so it can’t be shut down.
“Shutting the shrines could be an enormous step for the clerics and never one which they might be more likely to take until they arrive beneath worldwide strain,” says Rana Rahimpour, of BBC Persian.
Police in Tehran have banned using shisha water pipes in espresso outlets and tea homes throughout the town. These pipes are sometimes smoked communally and handed from individual to individual.
In affected provinces faculties and universities have been closed and sports activities matches, gallery openings and movie premieres cancelled.
Arrests for ‘spreading rumours’
Iranian police have arrested 24 folks accused of spreading rumours in regards to the coronavirus on-line, AFP information company studies.
An additional 118 web customers had been “talked to and let go” with warnings, the pinnacle of Iran’s cyberpolice power Vahid Majid mentioned.
Does Iran have sufficient medical tools?
The WHO is supplying Iran with diagnostic kits and protecting tools for healthcare employees.
A spokesperson on the Iranian ministry of well being mentioned the WHO had despatched 4 shipments to this point.
Many Iranians are apprehensive a couple of lack of kit.
An Iranian medical importer has mentioned he’s unable to buy testing kits as a consequence of US-imposed sanctions, based on native studies.
“Many worldwide firms are prepared to provide Iran with coronavirus take a look at kits, however we won’t ship them cash,” mentioned Ramin Fallah, a board member of Iran’s Affiliation of Medical Gear Importers was quoted as saying by the Ilna information company.
The US has denied that its sanctions are limiting Iran’s capacity to import medical provides, pointing to an exemption for humanitarian items. However Iran says firms discover it troublesome to course of funds with banks unwilling to danger breaking US guidelines and danger sanctions themselves.
What about face masks?
As in different nations with outbreaks, Iranians have been queuing up at pharmacies to buy medical masks in addition to disinfectant gels and sprays.
Costs of those merchandise, the place they’re out there in any respect, have gone up by as a lot as 10 occasions.
Some on social media have claimed the explanation behind the shortage of availability of masks is because of the truth that hundreds of thousands had been donated to China a number of weeks in the past.
Based on the state-run Irna information company, Iran donated three million face masks to China “as signal of long-term and conventional friendship between two nations”.
Native studies additionally counsel Chinese language firms have been buying enormous portions of masks from Iran making a scarcity within the home market.
The Iranian authorities has now mentioned it has banned the export of face masks for 3 months and ordered factories to ramp up manufacturing.
Extra on the coronavirus outbreak
Are folks leaving the nation?
Iran has not banned international journey however nations together with neighbouring Turkey, Pakistan and Iraq, have closed their borders.
Turkey and United Arab Emirates have suspended flights from Iran.
These are necessary locations for non-oil exports and Iran’s economic system may endure because of this.
The Iranian authorities mentioned flights to China had been suspended on 2 February.
Nevertheless, flight information counsel there have been at the least 9 flights between Iran and China since then.