Across the Middle East, flights from Iran have stopped and borders with the country have been closed as the region tries to keep the spread of the deadly coronavirus at bay.
Iran is on the front line of the outbreak -- the health ministry has confirmed 61 cases and 12 deaths.
Lawmaker alleges cover-up: One Iranian lawmaker, Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani from the city of Qom, criticized the government's handling of the outbreak, accusing officials of covering up numbers. Farahani said 50 people had died from the virus in Qom, the center of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, though the country's health ministry has denied his claims.
Sanctions hurting efforts to fight virus: The heavy economic sanctions imposed against Iran by the United States and other bodies have made tackling the disease harder, with the country struggling to access novel coronavirus test kits, a board member of Iran's Association of Medical Equipment Importers told the semi-official news agency ILNA on Sunday.
Ramin Fallah told ILNA that "many international companies are ready to supply Iran with coronavirus test kits, but we can't send them money" because of the US sanctions. Last Friday, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Iran on its blacklist, which puts more financial pressure on Iran and Iranian banks.
Closing borders, flights suspended: Due to the outbreak, Oman has suspended flights to and from the country. Turkey, Pakistan and Iraq have closed their borders with Iran, while Kuwait Airways, Iraq Airways and Turkey have suspended flights to the country. Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates is banning its citizens from traveling to Iran and Thailand.