With deaths spiking in Iran and Italy and infections spreading quickly through Europe, the Mideast and the Americas, countries were considering new drastic measures to curb the new coronavirus that first emerged in China.
According to Kianoush Jahanpour, the health ministry's spokesman, this brings the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 7,161, with 237 deaths recorded. There are over 7,640 confirmed cases of the virus across the wider Mideast.
As part of efforts to contain the outbreak, governments have closed borders and suspended land and air travel with the worst-hit countries.
Shahin Shania, Head of the Poisoning Section of Tehran's Loqman (Loghman) Hospital which is a specialist hospital for treatment of poisoning, said on Monday that the problem is much more widespread than reported and has affected many cities throughout the country.
The embassy also advised passengers to avoid travel from Pakistan to Qatar, adding that a new announcement from the Qatari government should be awaited.
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The province's Health Department announced this morning that the patient had returned from a trip, but it did not say from where. Given B.C.'s proximity to Washington state, provincial health officials are working closely with their US counterparts.
The outbreak of the coronavirus in Iran is one of the deadliest outside of China. On Sunday, an emergency was imposed in NY after the number of coronavirus cases in United States rose to 22.
According to the latest reports on Tuesday, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 114,000 people globally and killed over 4000.
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The patient, a 53-year-old man, is a resident of Karachi and returned to Pakistan from Syria via Doha, Qatar, according to the spokesperson. At least 2,134 people have recovered from the disease in the country so far.