Tehran shuts down mosques again after COVID-19 infections spike

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Updated 16 July 2020

Tehran shuts down mosques again after COVID-19 infections spike

  • The daily death toll in Iran has recently been recorded at around 200
  • Tehran has also ordered the closure of gyms and swimming pools

DUBAI: The Iranian government has reinstated lockdown measures in Tehran, including closing mosques, as daily infections and the death toll continue to rise, local media Radio Farda reported.

The daily death toll in Iran has recently been recorded at around 200, which has prompted local authorities to implement a “new approach” in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Alizera Zali, the chief of the Coronavirus Combat Headquarters of Tehran, said 890 people have been hospitalized since Tuesday due to the virus.

Aside from mosques, Tehran has also ordered the closure of gyms and swimming pools, as well as the postponement of school tests and exams.


Before and after satellite images show Beirut port decimated

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Before and after satellite images show Beirut port decimated

  • The images from Maxar e shows a huge crater now filled with sea water next to a grain silo building
  • A passenger ship can be seen capsized by the blast
 

 LONDON: High-resolution sateliite images have realed the scale of destruction wrought upon Lebanon's main port after twin explosions killed more than 100 people.

The images were taken from satellites belonging to US-based imaging company Maxar.

The after image shows a huge crater now filled with sea water next to a grain silo building which somehow wasn't completely flattened.

Every other warehouse in the image has been flattened, with just the steel skeletons remaining. Across the other side of the dock, a passenger ship, the Orient Queen, has been blown on to its side by the blast, while other vessels appear destroyed.

Lebanese officials say 2,750 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate had been stored for six years at the port without safety measure. Reuters reported that a fire started at one warehouse before it spread to abother storing the chemical, which is used in fertilizer and bombs. 

Videos showed a fire and an initial explosion before the massive second explosion sent a shockwave across the city, killing scores, wounding thousands and destroying and damaging buildings.

The blast was felt in Cyprus almost 200 kilometers away. Sim Tack, an analyst and weapons expert at the Texas-based private intelligence firm Stratfor, said based on the crater and glass windows being blown out a distance away, the warehouse exploded with the force equivalent to detonating at least 2.2 kilotons of TNT.

*With agencies