Number of coronavirus cases in Iran passes 300,000

Iran has the Middle East’s highest number of recorded COVID-19 cases. (File/AFP)
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Updated 30 July 2020

Number of coronavirus cases in Iran passes 300,000

  • Infections and deaths have risen sharply since restrictions on movement began to be eased in mid-April

The number of infections from the new coronavirus in Iran has reached 301,530, according to official Health Ministry figures.
Iran has the Middle East’s highest number of recorded COVID-19 cases and infections and deaths have risen sharply since restrictions on movement began to be eased in mid-April.


Dubai penalizes businesses flouting coronavirus safety protocols

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Dubai penalizes businesses flouting coronavirus safety protocols

DUBAI: The Dubai government has penalized 22 commercial establishments for flouting coronavirus safety protocols and risking the heath of customers and staff.

Six of those who have been issued fines were bodybuilding gyms, while some were engaged in retail, textile and fabrics, sewing and embroidery, building materials and general trade, state news agency WAM reported.

The common violations incurred included employees’ lack of commitment to wearing masks and breach of physical distancing guidelines.

Field inspection teams also warned two other businesses for their failure to place the mandatory physical distancing stickers inside their shops.

Compliance is critical to the gradual return to safe and normal commercial activity that Dubai has achieved, leading to the opening of all sectors and the economic reset in the emirate, a statement from the Dubai Economy said.

Stern action will be taken against any non-compliance found during its inspections, or that may be reported by consumers and the public, it added.