In another grim day in Iran’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus, 141 people were reported dead, with the country’s total death toll now reaching 2,898. Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said the total number of infections has jumped to 44,606.
Experts have indicated that the real toll, of both infections and deaths is much higher than is being reported.
At a meeting broadcast live, Rouhani called on Iranians to avoid public places.
The government taken many steps to try and prevent the spread of the disease but has stopped short of imposing a lockdown on Iranian cities.