Iran schools, universities closed for a month over coronavirus

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Additionally, he encouraged the public to reduce its use of paper money as it is aiding the spread of the new coronavirus.



By AP

Published: Thu 5 Mar 2020, 1:38 PM

Last updated: Thu 5 Mar 2020, 3:51 PM

Iran's health minister Saeed Namaki announced that schools and universities around the country will remain closed through Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on March 20. He made the statement at a televised news conference.
Additionally, he encouraged the public to reduce its use of paper money as it is aiding the spread of the new coronavirus, and said authorities will begin manning checkpoints to limit travel between major cities in the country.
He said people should stay in their vehicles at gas stations and allow attendants to fill their gas tanks to avoid the spread of the virus.
There are now over 3,150 cases of the virus across the Mideast. Of those outside Iran in the region, most link back to the Islamic Republic. There, authorities say the virus has killed at least 92 people amid 2,922 confirmed cases. Iran and Italy have the world's highest death tolls outside of China.


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