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Iran is using police water cannons loaded with chemical spray to disinfect streets in Tehran as a protective measure against coronavirus, semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday.

These are the same units that were used during demonstrations to disburse protesters, according to Twitter users.

“Special Forces Units of Iran’s Islamic Regime Police, which played a key role in suppression of #RecentProtests used their water cannon equipped trucks to combat #Coronavirus,” said Twitter user Babak Taghvaee in a tweet.

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The vehicles are equipped with disinfectants and “can cover every corner of the city,” according to the agency.

There are some chemical disinfectants that can kill the new coronavirus including bleach/chlorine-based disinfectants, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, these have “little or no impact” on the virus if they are put directly on the skin and can be “dangerous.”

The nationwide coronavirus death toll in Iran was 54 as of Sunday, according to the health ministry, and the number of confirmed cases jumped to 978, making these numbers the highest in the Middle East.

Several neighboring countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait have banned travel to and from Iran as a precautionary measure against the spread of the new virus.

Iran travel ban infographic 02/03/2020_Updated_2
Iran travel ban infographic 02/03/2020_Updated_2

The virus, which originated in central China, has infected at least seven government officials in Iran, including one of its vice presidents and a senior health ministry official.

Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Ali Ramazani Dastak also died in disputed circumstances on Saturday, as officials claimed he die of “flu” but journalists suggested he was another victim of coronavirus.

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