Iran’s President Unveils New COVID-19 Restrictions


President Hassan Rouhani has announced nationwide plans for a fresh round of restraints to break the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by classifying more than 100 cities as “red zones” IFP News reported. 

Addressing a November 14 session of the National Coronavirus Headquarters, President Rouhani said the new restrictions would start on November 21.

Minutiae of the new programme would be decided this week and the conditions will be in effect until the elimination of the virus.

He said he expects the restrictions to continue into the next Persian calendar year (after March 20, 2021).

Rouhani added the Health Ministry and the executive base of the National Coronavirus Headquarters have the primary duty to carry out the plan.

He reiterated that the only option for people is to take care of themselves, their families and friends as the number of infections from coronavirus continue to skyrocket across the country.

Although the emergency regulations call for the close of certain industries, he added this is a warning to people that the circumstances are “delicate”.

In another observation on the situation, a spokesperson for the National Coronavirus Headquarters said more than 100 municipalities will be classified as high-risk red zones under the new programme.

According to the new restrictions in the areas categorized as a red zone, only a third of the employees will be allowed to leave home for work purposes, and road travels (entering and leaving the zone) would be also limited.

There has been no information published by the government on whether foreign diplomatic service workers will be required to work remotely. It is expected that individual governments will provide their own guidance to workers.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Iran has surpassed 40,000 and the number of cases of infection has exceeded 740,000. Nearly 550,000 patients have recovered from the disease in Iran or been discharged from the hospital.

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