An Iranian state TV presenter knelt down on live TV and begged the people of his city to stay indoors in order to not catch coronavirus and prevent further spreading of the virus.
Iran said on Tuesday that the new coronavirus has killed 54 more people, raising the death toll to 291 amid 8,042 cases in the Islamic Republic.
“The danger is real … On Thursday, we had seven coronavirus cases in Yazd, on Friday we had 57 ... I kneel and beg you to stay at home,” a state TV presenter said on Iran’s Yazd channel, a channel dedicated to the people of the central province of Yazd.
Yazd’s hospitals are almost full, the province’s governor Mohammad Ali Talebi said on Tuesday, adding that field hospitals will consequently be used in the province.
Iran has the most cases of coronavirus in the Middle East, and most of the initial cases in the region outside Iran originiated in the Islamic Republic. The country has struggled to contain the spread of the virus and many in the ruling class have been infected or killed by the virus. Some in the country died after drinking homemade alcohol in a desperate, ill-informed attempt to protect themselves from the virus.