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The Iranian government has decided to limit travel between its major cities as it tries to halt the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed at least 107 people in the country.

Iran has already shut schools until April.

Health Minister Saeed Namaki said people should not use the break as an opportunity to travel.

He also urged people to reduce the use of paper banknotes.

The measures come as the WHO warned some countries were not doing enough to stop the virus.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted containment was still possible, adding: “This is not a time to give up.”

Iran is one of the worst-hit countries outside China, where the Covid-19 virus – which causes the coronavirus disease – originated.

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Worldwide, authorities have confirmed more than 92,000 cases of the virus, of which more than 80,000 are in China.

According to recent reports, more than 3,000 people have died globally, the vast majority of them in China.

On March 5, Iran’s official death toll rose by 15 to 107, and the number of confirmed cases increased by 591 to 3,513.

Iran’s state news agency Irna said the number of dead could be higher, citing data from medical universities.

The data did not include statistics from the capital Tehran and Gilan province – two of the hardest-hit areas. The toll there was listed as “unknown”, Irna said.

Image source: ISNA

Iran’s deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi and a lawmaker have both tested positive for the new coronavirus, as the country struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 15.

Iran is one of three hot-spots outside China causing concern that the virus could be becoming a pandemic.

On February 24, Iraj Harirchi denied covering up the scale of the outbreak. He appeared in physical discomfort as he spoke to reporters.

Meanwhile, Tehran lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi has also been infected.

Iran has reported 95 cases, but the actual number is thought to be higher.

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According to the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), the sudden increase in cases in countries outside China is “deeply concerning”.

On February 25, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington was concerned that Iran may have concealed “vital details” about its outbreak and urged all nations to “tell the truth about the coronavirus”.

More people have died in Iran from the new coronavirus than anywhere else outside China. Iran and China have strong trading links.

The other countries currently in the spotlight are Italy and South Korea, where cases have surged in recent days.