600 people have died and 3,000 more have been poisoned in Iran after drinking high-concentration alcohol in the mistaken belief it can cure coronavirus, the Mail Online cited judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmaili said.

“The numbers are very high and are beyond our expectations. Alcohol consumption is not a cure but can be lethal. They must be held accountable for their criminal acts, for causing death and damage to citizens.”

The country’s parliament, which had been shut since February 25, convened Tuesday for the first time since the outbreak, as Iran reported a drop in new infections for the seventh straight day. At least 31 members are known to have contracted the virus.

Despite the new social distancing measures, television footage of the opening session showed some MPs huddling together. The parliament eventually decided to implement a total lockdown for the whole country at least for a month. However, some debated this new order would severely damage the economy. According to the semi-official news agency ISNA.

In the Middle East, Iran is the worst-hit country from coronavirus so far. By April 8th, the total COVID-19 confirmed cases are 64,586, with almost 4,000 deaths.

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