Coronavirus: Iran’s Rouhani cancels top meeting amid fears of contracting COVID-19

A handout picture made available by the Iranian presidency on July 4, 2020, shows Iran's President Hassan Rouhani wearing a face mask as he attends a cabinet session in the capital Tehran. (File photo)

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.

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Rouhani canceled the meeting after Ghalibaf visited the Imam Khomeini Hospital earlier where he reportedly came into contact with coronavirus patients, according to Fars.

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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.

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