Iran imposes new restrictions to stem coronavirus spread: Rouhani
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[October 31, 2020]
(Reuters) - Weddings, wakes and
conferences will be banned in the Iranian capital until further notice
as the Middle Eastís hardest-hit nation battles a third wave of
COVID-19, police said on Saturday.
President Hassan Rouhani meanwhile announced new restrictions that will
take effect on Wednesday in 25 of Iranís 31 provinces for 10 days.
The official IRNA news agency said Tehran police had extended by one
week the closure of businesses including beauty salons, teahouses,
cinemas, libraries and fitness clubs.
Police will make unannounced visits to other high-risk businesses, and
those that violate health protocols will be shut down, IRNA quoted
police official Nader Moradi as saying.
Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said in a televised press briefing
that the new restrictions from next week in the 25 provinces and 89
counties will include include the closure of institutions such as
schools, universities, libraries and mosques.
Rouhani said in televised remarks that strict health protocols should be
observed when holding weddings and funerals in those provinces and
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Iranian people wear masks, amid a rise in the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) infections, West of Tehran, Iran October 23, 2020.
Picture taken October 23, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia
News Agency) via REUTERS
Iranian authorities have blamed a sharp increase in cases on people
failing to follow restrictions, and Rouhani said an operations
headquarters will be set up to ensure compliance with the health
Total COVID-19 deaths rose by 386 over the past 24 hours to reach
34,864, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV on
Saturday, adding total cases rose by 7,820 to 612,772.
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