There is a growing opinion among Iran analysts that the coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge to the Islamic regime that came to power in 1979, especially as it had already been weakened by the renewal of global sanctions and the USA assassination of one of its top military commanders, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in January.
Despite the dire circumstances caused by the outbreak, many Iranians were angered by the temporary closure of Shi'ite sites, prompting some earlier this week to storm into the courtyards of two major shrines - Mashhad's Imam Reza shrine and Qom's Fatima Masumeh shrine. Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader issues a religious ruling prohibiting "unnecessary" travel in the country.
As of today there are 18,407 confirmed corona cases in Iran and 1,284 dead.
Jahanpour also urged people to spend Nowruz, the country's New Year celebrations, at home this year.
The Iranian state TV journalist, Dr. Afruz Eslami, cites a study by Tehran's prestigious Sharif University of Technology, which offered three scenarios. A fourth batch of 53 Indians returned to India from Iran on Monday, taking the total number of people evacuated from the coronavirus-hit country to 389. If they offer medium cooperation, there will be 300,000 cases and 110,000 deaths, she says.
But Tehran's mayor has said the economy may not be able to handle the cost of doing so, especially while it is under crippling USA sanctions.
Most of the infected are in Tehran, which has reported about 4,400 cases.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Friday that the U.S. policy towards the Islamic Republic would live in "infamy" and that his country "won't break".
"Some ask why the government isn't intervening, but I think we have intervened significantly", said Rouhani.
The US has warned that Iran would be directly responsible for the deaths of any Americans held by Tehran.
"Last year was a tumultuous year for the Iranian nation".
The teams check travelers' temperatures and will send those with fevers to quarantine centers.
"So far, some 85,000 prisoners have been released".
Iran has asked other countries to disregard inhumane United States sanctions as it is fighting with the spread of COVID-19 across the country.
"A large number of prisoners who have been temporarily freed do not need to return to jail after the leader's pardon", he said.