- From Sunday, it will be mandatory to wear a mask in Iran to receive any government services.
- Iran’s Ministry of Health has been running the “I wear a mask” campaign to encourage Iranians to protect themselves against the virus.
- Many people do not wear a mask when traveling on public transport in the capital, where the measure is already mandatory.
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has announced the mandatory wearing of masks in the country as of Sunday, in covered public places. Meanwhile, an additional 148 new deaths were reported in one of the territories in the Middle East most affected by the pandemic.
After a meeting of the Committee to Combat Pandemic, Rouhani announced the entry into force of the new measure, stating, according to the country’s local media, that from Sunday, it will be mandatory to wear a mask in Iran to receive any government services.
“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,” he said. “It is necessary that we promote the culture for countering this problem. Until the vaccine and medicine for this disease are provided, people should assume that everybody may be infected, and therefore, should take the maximum care and precaution in social relations with individuals,” said Rouhani.
Since the end of June, Iran’s Ministry of Health has been running the “I wear a mask” campaign to encourage Iranians to protect themselves against the virus.
Ministry of Health spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state television today that, according to the latest daily bulletin, the total number of victims rose to 11,408 dead. Lari stated that in the past 24 hours, they had identified 2,449 new cases related to the virus, bringing the total number of infections to 237,878.
The application of the new measure can, however, be difficult because, according to the municipality of Tehran, quoted by AFP , many people do not wear a mask when traveling on public transport in the capital, where the measure is already mandatory. Rouhani said that “guarantees of application” of the measure are necessary, stressing that “in administrative offices, it may be easier”, and a decree may be issued to prevent “the entry of people without a mask.”
Iran, which announced the first cases of infection by SARS–CoV-2 on 19 February, is the country most affected in the Middle East. The provinces of Khuzestan, Western and Eastern Azerbaijan, Khorassan- e- Razavi, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Bouhr, Ilam, and Hormozgan are classified as “red” on the risk scale established by the authorities.
Tehran, Fars, Isfahan, Mazandaran, Hamadan, Zanjan, Sistan – Balochistan , Alborz and Lorestan are on alert, according to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health. The death toll due the coronavirus pandemic in Iran crossed the 11,000 mark on Friday, as nearly half of the country’s provinces registered an alarming number of fresh cases.
Since the new coronavirus was detected in China in December last year, the COVID-19 disease pandemic has claimed more than 522,000 deaths and infected more than 10.92 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to the latest report by the Agency France Presse (AFP).