Coronavirus to infect up to 40% of Tehran’s population within next two weeks

Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting a coronavirus, as they walk at Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran, February 20, 2020. (Reuters)

Up to 40 percent of Tehran’s population could be infected with the coronavirus within the coming two weeks, according to an infectious disease specialist and member of Iran’s national influenza committee.

Iran reported on Thursday 15 new deaths from the virus and 591 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 107 dead and 3,513 cases of infection.

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“Coronavirus is rapidly spreading … we estimate that 30 to 40 percent of Tehran’s population will be infected by the end of this (Persian) month,” Masoud Mardani was quoted as saying by state media.

The current Persian month, which is the last month of the Persian calendar, ends on March 20.

The Iranian capital has a population of more than nine million.

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