Coronavirus — Iran Mandates Masks, Czechs Celebrate “The End”

  • "People who hide their illnesses are trampling on the rights of others," Rouhani said.
  • Quarantine softening decisions in some areas in the United States and India have been postponed.
  • In the Czech Republic, a banquet was symbolically set up to mark the end of the coronavirus epidemic.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has announced new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. He says those who do not wear masks will not be allowed to enter government offices, and those that do not implement health measures will be banned for a week.

On 19 February 2020, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of infections in Qom. As of July 4, there were 237,878 reported cases and 11,408 deaths. Both are rumored to be substantially higher.

As of Saturday, the number of coronavirus cases in Iran had risen, according to a Reuters report. The coronavirus has so far killed 148 people in Iran in the past 24 hours. Mr. Rouhani says that from Saturday, it will be compulsory for everyone to wear a mask in public.

Severe quarantine has been imposed in some Iranian cities since mid-April. President Rouhani says officials who do not wear masks will be sent back home. “People who hide their illnesses are trampling on the rights of others,” he said.

On the other hand, the World Health Organization has warned that the worst phase of the coronavirus epidemic may not have arrived yet. The agency says that if governments do not formulate appropriate policies, many more people will fall victim to the plague.

Tehran

Tehran’s governor, while asking the citizens to implement the decree requiring the use of masks in public assemblies, said those who prevent this work should first be guided by guidance, and secondly, their entry into the administrative and public transportation systems, including the metro, buses, and taxis are prevented.

Regarding the reason for the decrease in social distance, he said, “we did not see effective cooperation in the reopening of the agencies in charge, unions and some guilds that were supposed to cooperate to reopen, and therefore the rate of social distance in Tehran metropolis decreased sharply.” The result was the spread of coronavirus.

Hassan Rouhani is the seventh and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has been a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts since 1999, and was Chief Nuclear Negotiator from 2003 to 2005. He was re-elected President in 2017.

Elsewhere

At the same time, quarantine softening decisions in some areas in the United States and India have been postponed. The reason for this is the increase in the number of new coronavirus patients. The European Union (EU) has released a list of seven countries that it says can travel to EU member states. The list does not include the United States, China, or Brazil.

Swiss Finance Minister Ueli Maurer told state radio that the country had borrowed money during the Coronavirus epidemic, which he said would be repaid over the next two to three years, and fully over the next five years.

He was quoted by Reuters as saying that the Swiss government had borrowed to revive businesses and benefit employees. He adds that if all goes “very, very, very well,” the debt could hit 20 billion Swiss francs. Otherwise the debt pile could hit 35 billion, he said. He said exact figures were not yet available, but said no new taxes would be imposed on the population.

In the Czech Republic, a banquet was symbolically set up to mark the end of the coronavirus epidemic, with the World Health Organization saying this week that there was still time for the epidemic to end. Thousands of locals gathered around a 5-meter-long table in Prague to distribute food from home, and symbolically cope with the Coronavirus epidemic.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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