All provinces infectedThe southern province of Bushehr reported its first three confirmed cases on Thursday, with COVID-19 now officially infecting all of Iran’s 31 provinces.Namaki asked people not to travel as it is “very dangerous” and said reports show “many cars on the roads are taking the virus with them” to uninfected areas.”If you do not treat the situation with special care we will be struggling with this disease for a long time,” he said.The minister called on Iranians to stay home and said even the special coronavirus committee he chairs will hold its meetings remotely online.Limitations on domestic movements will intensify with more checkpoints across the country.”If we identify anyone at city entrances suspected of infection or infected with the virus we will certainly quarantine them for 14 days,” Namaki added.Photos published by state news IRNA showed checkpoints at Tehran-Qom highway where drivers and passengers were checked for fever.According to the minister, the government is considering incentives for nurses and paramedics who voluntarily transfer to centers and hospitals fighting the virus, and is also considering alternatives to cash in daily transactions. “This virus is highly contagious. It is a serious matter, do not joke about it.”The Islamic republic also reported 591 additional confirmed cases of the COVID-19 illness, bringing the total to 3,513 infected.”Until today, samples have been taken of 23,327 suspected cases, only 3,513 of which have been confirmed,” said ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour.According to Jahanpour, Tehran province is the worst-hit with 1,352 confirmed cases, followed by Qom with 386, Gilan with 333 and Esfahan with 238.The Shiite holy city of Qom, south of Tehran, is the epicenter of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak and where its first deaths were reported on February 19.Authorities have since scrambled to halt its rapid spread.”But there is some good news, of the increasing rate of recovery,” Jahanpour said, noting that 739 of the confirmed cases had made recoveries. Topics : Iran on Thursday reported 15 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the national toll to 107, and said it would keep schools and universities closed until early April.But the number of the dead could be higher, according to a tally reported by state news agency IRNA.Data gathered by the agency from medical universities across Iran as of Wednesday night show at least 126 have died, as it lists the toll in Tehran and Gilan — two of the worst-hit provinces — as “unknown”. Iran has already suspended major cultural and sporting events and reduced working hours across the country, which is one of the worst hit after China.”Schools and universities will be closed until the end” of the current Iranian year, health minister Saeed Namaki said in a televised press conference.The Iranian year ends on March 19 and national holidays then last until early April.”People should not consider this as an opportunity to go travelling,” the minister said. “They should stay home and take our warnings seriously.
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African 4x100m bronze medalist Flings Owusu-Agyapong ran the fastest 60m time in the world at the Gotham Cup in New York last Friday, 16th January. Her performance also equaled Vida Anim’s national record for the distance.Flings, 26, opened her season in grand style crossing the finish line in a sizzling personal best of 7.18 ahead of Ashley Kelly 7.55(SB) and Karene King 7.59 (SB). Despite the heavy activity of the weekend, Flings’ mark remains the second fastest time in the world in 2015.Her time is only bettered by American sprinter Jasmine Todd who clocked 7.15 secs, a day after Flings’ performance.Flings said it is a dream come true to have equaled the national record.“It feels great to have equaled that record,” she said adding that, “I’ve been eyeing that for a long time so to be able to do that is an amazing thing for me. Vida is an amazing sprinter and really fast so it makes me feel like I’m on the right track to running what I feel I’m capable of.”Flings’ performance follows a very impressive season in 2014 where Team Ghana equaled its highest medal haul of six medals at the African Athletics Championships in Marrakech, Morocco.As well as an African Championship 4x100m relay silver and bronze medals in 2012 and 2010 respectively, the New York-based athlete competed at the 2014 World Indoor Championship and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.She credited her coaches and the Ghana Athletics Association for her impressive performance.“Last season didn’t go the way I wanted it to, so after the last meet I spoke with Prof Dodoo. As a former world class athlete, I knew there was a lot of valuable information I could gain from him. Some of the areas we touched on included areas of my race that needed improvement, injury reduction and we also spoke about my training and things they felt I could be doing more of, and doing better. This included running longer distances in practice to improve my speed endurance for the end of the race.” “When I got home, I sat down with my coach Dave Hegland and his assistant coach Frank Rizzo and we talked about the season, specific races and overall how the summer went for me. We then spoke about the different things I had learned this summer, both from myself and the leaders I worked with this summer. “There are a lot of little things that people don’t realize can affect the way I train and compete, but I have an amazing team of coaches as well as a very supportive National Association (GAA) to lean on. I’m looking forward to a great season!She will be looking forward to meeting the Ghana Athletics Association’s selection criteria for the 2015 All Africa Games and the World Championships in Beijing when the outdoor season begins.Meanwhile, her compatriot Janet Amponsah is also ranked 3rd in the world, this time in the 55m after running a personal best 6.95s. The Texas based scholar is ranked behind Cierra White of the USA who has run 6.85 and 6.91 this season.