On July 18, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that 25 million people in Iran have been infected with the novel coronavirus. The government is concerned that another 30 to 35 million people might soon get infected as well. He also stated that, with 25 percent of the population being infected, the country still cannot reach the state of social immunity. This seems to imply that the Iranian government wants to use social immunity to fight the virus.
Alireza Moezi, the Deputy Director of the Communication Affairs of the President’s Office explained in a Tweet that the 25 million people Rouhani mentioned are those who have been infected and become immune.
Iran has 80 million people.
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Source: Liberty Times, July 19, 2020