Iranian state TV today confirmed that 194 people have died from the killer coronavirus and 6,566 are now infected in the Islamic Republic.
As the Persian New Year approaches, the Health Ministry warned Iranians to avoid large gatherings and stay at home, as fears of the spreading bug intensified.
Regime spokesperson Kianush Jahanpur said 49 people died from the disease today, while 743 people have been added to the total number infected.
Meanwhile, Iran Air has suspended all flights to Europe until further notice, the official IRNA news agency reported, citing the Civil Aviation Organisation.
No mention was made of coronavirus as a cause by the company, which instead cited ‘restrictions’ imposed by European authorities for ‘unknown reasons’.