Iran says public too lax over COVID-19 rules

Iranians wear face masks as a Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic precaution, in Iran's capital Tehran on October 19, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 28 October 2020

Iran says public too lax over COVID-19 rules

  • Non-essential businesses have been shut in Tehran and dozens of other cities

DUBAI: Iranians are being too lax in complying with COVID-19 restrictions, the government said on Tuesday, as the hardest-hit Middle Eastern country faced new daily records of infections and deaths.

A record daily death toll of 346 pushed the total toll to 33,299, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state media. New cases set a record of 6,968, bringing the total to 581,824 in a third big wave of infections this year.

“According to the latest figures, the rate of compliance with health protocols is 57.7 percent, which is very low. We need to raise compliance during this epidemic ... More than ever, we need national strength and empathy,” said Lari, quoted by the state news agency IRNA.

The authorities have ordered residents in Tehran to wear masks in public. Many public sector workers in the capital have been told to stay home every second day.

Non-essential businesses have been shut in Tehran and dozens of other cities. Schools, theaters and museums have been shut and social, cultural and religious events canceled for at least a week, with authorities saying the measures could be extended.

Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran coronavirus taskforce, suggested police could be tougher on those who flout the rules.

“We are going through bitter coronavirus days in the capital and we should expect to see strict measures on (enforcing compliance with) health protocols,” Zali told a gathering of police officials, according to IRNA.

“In the latest opinion poll we had, citizens asked us to deal decisively with offenders.”


Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed

Updated 2 min 13 sec ago

Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed

  • Fakhrizadeh led Iran's so-called “Amad,” or “Hope” program
  • Israel and the West have alleged it was a military operation looking at the feasibility of building a nuclear weapon in Iran

DUBAI: Iranian state television is reporting that a scientist that Israel has alleged led a military nuclear program in early 2000s has been "assassinated."
State TV Friday cited sources confirming the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
It said it would offer more information shortly.
Fakhrizadeh led Iran's so-called “Amad,” or “Hope” program. Israel and the West have alleged it was a military operation looking at the feasibility of building a nuclear weapon in Iran. Tehran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful.
The International Atomic Energy Agency says that “Amad” program ended in the early 2000s. Its inspectors now monitor Iranian nuclear sites.