Iran’s death toll from coronavirus infections jumped on Friday to 124, as 17 died and more than 1,000 new cases were diagnosed over 24 hours, the health ministry said.
Continued high volumes of traffic between cities are contributing to spreading the disease, a ministry spokesman said in on state TV. Authorities might resort to coercive measures to restrict such movement, said, without elaborating.
The number of infections rose to 4,747, he said. Iran had reported 3,513 on Thursday.
Most of the cases diagnosed in neighbouring Gulf countries have been either people who travelled to Iran or who got infected by Iranians.
According to Arab News, Saudi Arabia said Iran’s actions are proof of Tehran’s direct responsibility in increasing the number of coronavirus cases and spreading the outbreak around the world. An official source accused Iran of “irresponsible behaviour” for allowing Saudi citizens into the country without stamping their passports during the outbreak of COVID-19.