The government on Thursday said one Indian who tested positive for coronavirus has died in Iran while the other citizens infected with the disease are being provided treatment and taken care of by the Iranian government.
Noting that the virus tends to be more fatal for those whose immunity levels are low, a senior ministry of external affairs official said the deceased, an elderly person, belonged to the vulnerable age group and had health-related complications.
The death was not because of lack of medical attention or care, he said.
"We have evacuated 590 people from Iran where the situation is very severe. The Indians infected with coronavirus in Iran have been segregated and taken care of very well by the government there. We believe they will recover and we will bring them back," the MEA official said, adding that 201 Indians were evacuated from Iran on Wednesday.
The official said closely knit families required some persuasion and counselling during the process of segregation to prevent the spread of the contagion.
The Indian ambassador and other officials explained the consequences of infected people not being separated from their families and were successful to a large extent in segregating the positive cases from the negative ones, he said.
"Some pilgrims and students are still there and our embassy and mission are in control (of the situation)," the official said.