Earlier in the day, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo accused Iran of concealing important information regarding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, saying that Tehran has the largest death toll caused by the virus after Beijing.

The subject of the coronavirus is going to be used as a part of a pressure campaign against Tehran, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Tuesday.

“It is planned that the #MaximumPressure strategy against #Iran to be completed with the term ‘#Coronavirus’. Psychological pressure on countries to close their land and air routes and propagating lies is the new roadmap,” Shamkhani wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the Health Ministry Kianush Jahanpur said that the total number of people infected with the coronsvirus across Iran had risen to 95, up 34 cases from the previous day, and that 15 of those infected had died. At the same time, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran was close to gaining control over the COVID-19 epidemic, while “enemies” of Iran were trying to instill fear in society