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World Mar 27In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds
Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears…
World Mar 17‘Virus at Iran’s gates’: How Tehran failed to stop outbreak
Iran is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world in the coronavirus pandemic. Although Iran has one of the Mideast's best medical services, its hospitals appear to be overwhelmed. Now, officials worry the Iranian New Year, which starts Friday,…
Health Mar 09Saudi Arabia, Israel tighten restrictions to counter virus
Saudi Arabia has closed off air and sea travel to 14 countries affected by the new coronavirus while Israel announced plans to place anyone arriving from overseas into quarantine.
World Mar 04Virus halts pilgrimages to Mecca, Friday prayers in Iran
The coronavirus outbreak is disrupting Islamic worship in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing the pilgrimage in Mecca and Iran canceled Friday prayers in major cities. The decisions affected both…
World Mar 03Iran orders armed forces to help with novel coronavirus after 77 deaths
Iran's outbreak is the deadliest outside of China.
World Mar 02Adviser to Iran’s supreme leader dies of novel coronavirus
The death of Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi came as Iran announced the virus had killed 66 people among 1,501 confirmed cases in the country.
World Feb 27Vexed by how to contain virus, countries take tough steps
With the illness pushing its way into a sixth continent and the number of sick and dead rising, the crisis is giving way to political and diplomatic rows.
World Feb 27Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages over virus
The decision showed the growing worry across the Mideast about the virus as Iran confirmed that infected cases in the country spiked by over 100, to 254 now.
World Feb 26An increasingly isolated Iran tries to control virus crisis
President Hassan Rouhani said there were no immediate plans to quarantine cities, but he acknowledged it may take “one, two or three weeks” to get control of the virus in Iran.
World Feb 19Devices found in missiles, Yemen drones link Iran to attacks
The discovery further ties Iran to an attack that briefly halved Saudi Arabia's oil output and saw energy prices spike by a level unseen since the 1991 Gulf War.