New Delhi: At a time when the deadly coronavirus has claimed 194 lives in Iran, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday urged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to make arrangements for more than 40 Indians who are stranded in Iran. Pawar said these Indians are distressed and in urgent need of medical help and general assistance. Also Read - Coronavirus: Kerala Govt Issues Fresh Guidelines, Decides to Hold 'Attukal Pongala' on Monday

“In the wake of the alarming Covid-19 issue, I voiced my concerns to Dr S Jaishankar ji, Union Minister of External Affairs regarding more than 40 Indian citizens stranded at Qom city in Iran. They are distressed and in urgent need of medical help and general assistance,” Pawar tweeted. Also Read - Coronavirus: ‘DTC Buses, Metro, Hospitals to be Disinfected on Regular Basis,’ Says Kejriwal

The development comes after Iran became the latest country to grapple with the outbreak of coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health in Iran on Sunday updated about 49 fresh deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest toll within 24 hours since the start of the outbreak in the Islamic republic.

With the death toll rising to 194 since mid-February to 194, the virus has spread to all of Iran’s 31 provinces with 6,566 confirmed cases.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Iran has closed schools and universities till April and has suspended major cultural and sporting events. The country has also reduced working hours across the country to slow the contagion.

As per updates, Iran has witnessed 743 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 6566. However, 2134 people have been recovered from the infection since the country reported its first case of coronavirus.