Iran defends coronavirus response as deaths rise

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hit again at criticism over the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying he needed to weigh defending the nation’s financial system.

The virus has to this point contaminated greater than 38,300 individuals within the nation and killed greater than 2,600 others. However, Rouhani described worldwide criticism on the authorities’s dealing with of the outbreak as a “political war”.

Iran has ordered the closure of nonessential companies and banned travel between cities. Rouhani mentioned that “these changes will likely have to stay in place for some time”.

Last week, Iran rejected “foreign” assist on the bottom to cope with the pandemic after a suggestion from Doctors Without Borders, a France-based medical charity.

Earlier, the nation’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei refused American help to battle the virus, citing a conspiracy idea claiming it might be man-made by the United States authorities.

Iran has been repeatedly criticized for underreporting each its coronavirus infections and deaths. Last month, a lawmaker from Iran’s metropolis of Qom, has accused the federal government of protecting up the total extent of the coronavirus outbreak within the metropolis, saying the demise toll stood at 50. However, authorities rejected the report, saying the demise toll was 12.