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Iran Coronavirus Death Toll Hits 26; Infection Continues To Spread In The Region

Iranian currency drops to one-year low against dollar as viral epidemic forces the country to close most of its borders • Saudi Arabia suspends travel to Islamic holy sites.

Twenty-six people have died so far from coronavirus in Iran, reported the Iranian news agency IRNA on Thursday.

Iranian authorities have closed schools, universities and other educational centers across the country, and have restricted public gatherings such as concerts and sporting events, according to the report.

The virus’s death toll in Iran is the highest outside of China, where the current outbreak began, and is beginning to be spread from Iran to other countries in the region. Iranian officials on Wednesday said there were 139 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, but many in Iran believe the true figure is much higher.

As a result of the crisis, Iran’s rial dropped to a one-year low of 158,500 against the dollar on Wednesday as the country was forced to close most of its borders, threatening non-oil exports, Reuters reported.

Twenty-six people have died so far from coronavirus in Iran, reported the Iranian news agency IRNA on Thursday.

Iranian authorities have closed schools, universities and other educational centers across the country, and have restricted public gatherings such as concerts and sporting events, according to the report.

The virus’s death toll in Iran is the highest outside of China, where the current outbreak began, and is beginning to be spread from Iran to other countries in the region. Iranian officials on Wednesday said there were 139 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, but many in Iran believe the true figure is much higher.

As a result of the crisis, Iran’s rial dropped to a one-year low of 158,500 against the dollar on Wednesday as the country was forced to close most of its borders, threatening non-oil exports, Reuters reported.

Written by Saul Levine

Saul Levine is a contributor to The Schpiel.

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