TEHRAN, Iran

Iran’s Health Ministry asked Iranian authorities on Thursday to cancel the Friday prayers and any other congregations due to fears of novel coronavirus.

The Iranian IRNA news agency quoted the Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour saying that all forms of congregations must be canceled till further notice.

He added that 15 medical labs will be opened within next week to diagnose novel coronavirus infections.

On Wednesday, the ministry announced that four more people died in the country from coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the outbreak in Iran to 19.

The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has sounded

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