Iran confirmed on Saturday 205 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to Iranian state TV.
Iran, which has the highest death toll outside China, has ordered the shutting of schools until Tuesday and the government has extended the closure of universities and a ban on concerts and sports events for a week.
Several high-ranking officials, including a vice minister, deputy health minister and five lawmakers, have tested positivefor the coronavirus as the rapid spread of the outbreak forced the government to call on people to stay at home.
Iranian media reported on Saturday that one lawmaker, elected in Iran’s Feb. 21 polls, had died of the coronavirus.
Iran’s government spokesman will hold his weekly news conference online due to the outbreak, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.