Iran reports 141 new virus deaths, raising total to 2,898

There is no official lockdown within Iran’s cities, although the government has repeatedly urged Iranians to stay at home to contain the spread of the virus. (File/AFP)
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Updated 31 March 2020

Iran reports 141 new virus deaths, raising total to 2,898

  • Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 3,111 new infections have been confirmed over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 44,606
  • Iran has been scrambling to contain the COVID-19 outbreak since it reported its first cases on February 19

TEHRAN: Iran said Tuesday 141 more people have died from the novel coronavirus, raising the official toll in one of the world’s worst-affected countries to 2,898.
Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 3,111 new infections have been confirmed over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 44,606.
He said 3,703 of those hospitalized are in a critical condition and 14,656 have recovered.
Iran has been scrambling to contain the COVID-19 outbreak since it reported its first cases on February 19.
After weeks of refraining from imposing a lockdown or quarantine measures, Tehran decided last Wednesday to ban all intercity travel until at least April 8.
There is no official lockdown within Iran’s cities, although the government has repeatedly urged Iranians to stay at home to contain the spread of the virus.
President Hassan Rouhani renewed those warnings on Tuesday as the climax of the two-week Persian New Year holiday nears.
Hr said authorities would close parks across the country on Wednesday, in a move that effectively blocks the family picnics that traditionally mark the 13th day of holiday.
Rouhani called on people to “leave this tradition for some other time” and said violators would be fined.
The authorities have also stopped the print editions of all Iranian media until at least April 8, calling on them to publish online instead, state news agency IRNA reported.
“Publishing newspapers and other print media requires the activities of groups ranging from reporters to the printing and distribution industry and this could potentially increase the disease’s spread,” said a statement from Iran’s anti-coronavirus committee.
The outbreak has not spared Iranian lawmakers or other officials.
A parliament spokesman told the Tasnim news agency Tuesday that at least 23 of the legislature’s 290 members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.


Dubai Police to use smart glasses in public transportation areas for coronavirus

Updated 08 May 2020

Dubai Police to use smart glasses in public transportation areas for coronavirus

  • Called Rokid T1, the smart glasses are the first in the region developed specifically for use in the prevention and control of epidemics

DUBAI: Police officers in Dubai will start using smart glasses to measure the temperatures of public transportation users in a secure way, state news agency WAM reported.
Called Rokid T1, the smart glasses are the first in the region developed specifically for use in the prevention and control of epidemics. It integrates both thermal imaging technology and artificial intelligence, and has been used in China and proven its effectiveness in measuring people’s temperature with high accuracy.
Brigadier General Obaid Al-Hathboor, director of Dubai’s Transportation Security Department, said the glasses can detect thermally at a distance of 2 meters and have the capacity to read the temperatures of 100 people per minute.