Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has canceled a scheduled government meeting amid fears of contracting a coronavirus infection from one of the attendees, according to Fars news agency.
Iran’s semi-official news agency said in a tweet late on Monday that Rouhani was scheduled to hold a top government meeting on Tuesday hosted by Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the speaker of the Iranian parliament.
Rouhani canceled the meeting after Ghalibaf visited the Imam Khomeini Hospital earlier where he reportedly came into contact with coronavirus patients, according to Fars.
Iran's Health Ministry said on Monday nearly the whole country was on a coronavirus red alert as cases and deaths rose to record levels, with a member of the state task force's warning field hospitals might be needed if people flout the rules.
Correction: The title of this article has been amended from “Coronavirus: Iran’s Rouhani cancels top meeting due to possible COVID-19 infection” to “Coronavirus: Iran’s Rouhani cancels top meeting amid fears of contracting COVID-19.” Fars News reported the Iranian president canceled his meeting due to fears of possibly contracting the virus from another official who recently came into contact with coronavirus patients in a hospital.