Iran is currently fighting a second coronavirus outbreak, with the total number of cases reaching 237,878 on Saturday and 148 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 11,408, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said. , on state television.
The use of masks becomes mandatory starting Sunday in covered public places, Rouhani warned on state television after tighter restrictions were imposed on cities and towns in five provinces that are experiencing a re-emergence after the decrease in blockades. since mid-April.
“Government employees should not serve people who do not wear masks and workers who do not wear them should be considered absent and sent home,” said Rouhani.
Additionally, a government website posted photos of Rouhani, who is rarely seen wearing a mask, with his face covered.
Those infected have a “religious duty” to notify others, Rouhani explained, adding: “Keeping your infection a secret violates other people’s rights.”
The government has been trying to convince a public reluctant to accept the use of masks, and a week-long campaign by state television warned viewers that “the coronavirus is not a joke.”
A television presenter at the end of each newscast puts on her mask and mentions: “There is no one in my immediate three meters, but I wear the mask outside the studio. You should also carry one. “
State media reported on Saturday that 19 Iranian soccer players from the national clubs Esteghlal and Foolad Khuzestan had tested positive for COVID-19.
Five Iranian parliament members also tested positive, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Meanwhile, Iran’s armed forces have reduced their basic combat training to one month due to the increased spread of the virus.