Iran on Wednesday banned government officials from leaving the country until further notice as the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, local media reported.  

Iran’s Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri instructed officials to remain within the country’s borders to prevent further the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.  

All government officials except Foreign Ministry personnel will be barred traveling abroad to attend international conferences and events until further notice, according to the report.  

Officials will be able to leave the country only with Jahangiri’s permission and will go through the necessary health

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