AGENCIES, TEHRAN/MUNICH: As the coronavirus epidemic shows no signs of abating globally, Iran, one of the infected countries in the Gulf region has been under the international radar for supressing facts about the scale of the spread of the disease. In fact, the virus has killed more people than anywhere else outside of China. The latest in the victim list is an advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, was a member of the Expediency Council has died after contracting coronavirus, state radio reported on Monday.
Iran has said that it has deployed drones to disinfect streets and mobilized tens of thousands of teams to conduct door-to-door coronavirus checks across the country, an indication of the scale of the epidemic out there.
Meanwhile, a significant jump in coronavirus cases has been reported from Germany and Munich-based carmaker BMW Group has confirmed that as precautionary measure it has put about 150 employees in its Research and Development wing under quarantine, after one employee tested positive for coronavirus.
An official statement from BMW Group said: “We confirm that an employee of the BMW Group in Munich was tested positive for the corona virus. The employee has been under medical treatment since the weekend. He is doing well under the circumstances.
The health and safety of our employees is our top priority. In view of current developments, the BMW Group has therefore immediately initiated further measures to protect its employees. For example, all colleagues who were in contact with him were requested to undergo the recommended 14-day self-quarantine. The affected premises were closed off and disinfected. Operations are continuing without restrictions.
We are in constant close contact with our medical health service and the relevant authorities and are keeping our employees updated regularly regarding current developments.”