Coronavirus — Iran to Make Masks Mandatory

  • Iran has the highest death rate after Mexico after the onset of COVID-19.
  • The government is seeking to make face masks mandatory indoors.
  • Other countries, such as South Korea, have required their people to wear face masks in public since the start of the pandemic.

According to the Iranian Ministry of Health, 2,489 new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in Iran in the last 24 hours. Of this number, 1,406 have been admitted to medical centers across the country. According to Sima Lari, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, 144 patients with COVID-19 have died in the past 24 hours.

On 19 February 2020, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of infections in Qom. As of June 29, there were 225,205 reported cases and 10,670 deaths. Both are rumored to be substantially higher.

A look at the Johns Hopkins University statistics shows that, given the death toll in the past 24 hours, Iran has the highest death rate after Mexico after the onset of COVID-19. According to official statistics, the situation of 2,946 patients with COVID-19 in Iran has been reported to be serious.

The Ministry of Health of Iran has declared the situation of the coronavirus pandemic in the provinces of Khuzestan, Kurdistan, West Azerbaijan, Hormozgan, and Kermanshah “red,” and the provinces of Bushehr, Ilam, East Azerbaijan and Khorasan Razavi in ​​a “warning” state.

Qom University of Medical Sciences has also warned of the risk of a recurrence of coronavirus in Qom province, citing a threefold increase in the number of people seeking coronavirus treatment.

With the increase in the number of people with COVID-19 across the country, the government is seeking to make face masks mandatory indoors. “We are scheduled to make arrangements from next week from July 15 to the end of the month to place the mask in places where there are gatherings,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.

According to President Rouhani, wearing of face masks is supposed to be mandatory for two weeks and, if necessary, until the end of August. Iran has been embroiled in a Coronavirus pandemic since February, and many experts have long warned that government action is not enough to manage the pandemic.

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.

Other countries, such as South Korea, have required their people to wear face masks in public since the start of the pandemic. They have also started crisis management by enforcing restricted travel and increasing the capacity of coronavirus testing laboratories.

Iran is currently ranked 91st in the world, taking into account the number of tests performed per one million people in the country. It does not have a written plan for quarantine if the number of people infected with the coronavirus increases.

On Sunday, President Rouhani said Iran was facing its “most difficult year,” due to economic sanctions imposed by the United States, as well as the pandemic. “The economic pressure that began in 2018 has increased,” Rouhani said in a televised speech, “and today it is the toughest pressure on our dear country.”

Last month, after the situation in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, Rouhani stressed that there is no way but to observe the principles of health and the country’s economic activities would not be limited.

He said on Sunday that if the pandemic situation in a city turns red, the provincial headquarters could propose one-week restrictions, with coordination and, with the president’s approval, a one-week limit will be or can be extended.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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