11:25 - March 12, 2020
News ID: 3470894
TEHRAN (IQNA) – The Policymaking Council of Friday Prayer Leaders in Iran said Friday prayers will not be held in provincial capitals across the country this week.


In a statement released on Wednesday, the council said the decision has been made given an announcement by the National Headquarters for Fight against Coronavirus and following talks with the Health Minister.

It added that whether Friday prayers will be held in other cities and towns in the country would depend on the decision of local officials.

Iran has been battling with the virus, known as COVID-19, for more than two week.

The death toll from COVID-19 outbreak in Iran has risen to 354. Meanwhile, more than 2,950 coronavirus patients have recovered from the respiratory disease and discharged from hospitals so far.

Iran’s administration on Thursday extended the closure of all schools and universities nationwide until the end of the current Iranian year (March 19) as the country is struggling with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

First detected in Wuhan city in central China in December, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries.

More than 4,200 people have died of COVID-19 across the world, and more than 113,000 people have also been infected, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). About 64,000 people have also recovered from the illness, globally.



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