DUBAI: Security forces will empty the streets of cities across Iran in the next 24 hours in a drive to fight the spread of the virus, state television reported yesterday.
The move came as the World Health Organisation said Iran needed to do more to contain the disease. Tehran has recorded 514 people killed and 11,364 diagnosed infections, making Iran one of the worst affected countries outside China.
Iranian officials have repeatedly complained that many Iranians have ignored calls to stay home and avoid travel.
“Our law enforcement and security committees, along with the interior ministry and provincial governors, will be clearing shops, streets and roads,” state TV cited a top army officer as saying.