TEHRAN (Iran News) – Schools in the city of Tehran are being disinfected in order to curb the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
As a preventive measure, authorities have ordered a week-long closure of educational and cultural institutions across 14 provinces as of Sunday.
A spokesman for Tehran’s Department of Education, Masoud Saqafi, said the decision was made to “prepare schools” which have to be disinfected and sanitized.
The Plan and Budget Organization has allocated 3.5 trillion rials (nearly $125 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) to the Ministry of Health in order to prevent and combat COVID-19, as disinfecting public places like schools.
Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, head of the Plan and Budget Organization, wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday that after coordinating with Health Minister Saeed Namaki and the chancellors of Qom, Gilan and Shahid Beheshti universities of medical sciences, a total of 3.5 trillion rials (nearly $125 million) has been allocated to the Ministry of Health for preventing and confronting the novel coronavirus, ISNA reported.
Asadollah Abbassi, spokesman of the Majlis (Iranian parliament)’s presiding board, quoted the health minister as saying that 47 people in the country have been infected with the virus, of whom 12 died so far.
- source : tehrantimes, irannews