Exclusive- Rouhani: Even if two million die, we can’t shut down the country | Iran International

Exclusive- Rouhani: Even if two million die, we can’t shut down the country

According to the information that Iran International has received, in the Supreme National Security Council meeting on Tuesday, President Rouhani said that even if two million people lose their lives to coronavirus, we cannot shut down the country due to the economic conditions.

Reliable sources informed Iran International on Thursday that in this session Rouhani said: “Even if between two to two and a half million people lose their lives to coronavirus, we cannot shut down the country due to the economic conditions of the people.”

According to the report, the president once again opposed the continued shut down of businesses in the country, saying: “If we shut down businesses, after a while we will face 30 million hungry people protesting in the streets.”

In a survey done by Tehran’s municipality, three out of four Tehran residents agree with continuing the shutdown.

According to the exclusive report that Iran International has received, in the Supreme National Security Council session, it was reported that almost 18000 people have died of coronavirus and over 4000 are in critical condition.

The report also states that President Rouhani also opposed the request from the Ministry of Education to shut down schools until the end of the school year.

The report indicates that education officials plan on gradually closing the schools in order to prevent a catastrophe and change President Rouhani’s mind on closing the schools and universities.

Iran in Brief
The health ministry and social media reports say an Iranian doctor has been hospitalized with serious internal bleeding after receiving the Russian Sputnik V COVID vaccine.More
Iranian Vice President said for the negotiations to begin, first, the US sanctions must be lifted.More
Husband of jailed Iranian-British citizen in Iran announced he still does not know if she would be released after her sentence ends.More
A huge blaze erupted in fuel tanks at the Iran- Afghan border on March 6, in second such incident in less than a month.More
The Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney will visit Iran on Sunday and meet the country's president and foreign minister amid Western attempts to engage Tehran in talks.More