Iran comes out with new restrictions as COVID infections rise
TEHERAN (IRAN) – Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that those who fail to wear face masks will be denied state services. Work places flouting health protocols will be closed down for a week, he added. This comes as he announced new measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state television that the total number of cases remained at 237,878 on Saturday along with 148 new fatalities bringing the toll to 11,408.
After an easing of restrictions from mid-April, Rouhani imposed tougher curbs on cities and towns in five provinces. He said wearing of masks in public is mandatory from Sunday.
“Government employees should not serve people who do not wear masks and employees who do not wear them should be considered absentees and sent home,” Rouhani told state television.
A government website also published a picture of Rouhani wearing a face mask.
The president said those infected have a “religious duty” to notify others, adding that “Keeping your infection a secret violates the rights of other people”.
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