A coronavirus victim in Iran before burial without a family funeral. April 28, 2020 (IRNA)

May 11, 2020

Iran on Monday warned of a setback in its efforts to contain the novel coronavirus unless health protocols are observed more closely, as it reported 45 new COVID-19 deaths.

The southwestern province of Khuzestan has become the new focal point of Iran’s COVID-19 outbreak with authorities reimposing strict measures to halt its spread.

“We have regressed in Khuzestan due to the increase in hospitalizations and not observing health protocols,” Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said in televised remarks.

“This can happen to any other province if we are not careful,” he added, noting that tighter measures would be reimposed in other places too if needed.

Authorities have shut down state bodies, banks and non-essential businesses again in nine of Khuzestan’s counties.

Iran’s government spokesman Ali Rabiei said “less than 50 percent” of Khuzestan residents have observed health protocols.

“We’ve seen a rising trend of infection and death (in Khuzestan) which shows protocols and social distancing are not being observed,” he said in a televised news conference.

AFP

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