(Reuters) – Iranians who don’t put on masks can be denied state companies and workplaces that fail to adjust to well being protocols can be shut for every week, President Hassan Rouhani mentioned on Saturday as he launched new measures to attempt to curb the coronavirus.
Iran has been battling the unfold of the coronavirus, with the overall variety of circumstances hitting 237,878 on Saturday and an additional 148 deaths bringing the nation’s toll to 11,408, Well being Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari mentioned on state tv.
Carrying masks turns into necessary from Sunday in coated public locations, Rouhani mentioned on state tv after more durable curbs had been imposed in cities and cities in 5 provinces the place the outbreak is rising after an easing of lockdowns from mid-April.
“Authorities workers shouldn’t serve individuals who don’t put on masks and workers who don’t put on them must be thought-about absentees and despatched residence,” mentioned Rouhani.
And a authorities web site printed images of Rouhani, who is never seen carrying a masks, with a face overlaying.
These contaminated have a “non secular responsibility” to inform others, Rouhani mentioned, including: “Conserving your an infection a secret violates the rights of different individuals”.
The federal government has been making an attempt to persuade a reluctant public to simply accept masks and a week-long marketing campaign by state tv has been warning viewers that “Corona will not be a joke”.
One TV presenter on the finish of each newscast places on her masks and says: “There isn’t a one in my fast three metres, however I put on a masks exterior the studio. You, too, put on one.”
State media reported on Saturday that 19 Iranian soccer gamers from the nationwide Esteghlal and Foolad Khuzestan golf equipment had examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
Iran’s armed forces has decreased their two-month fundamental fight coaching by a month till additional discover due to the elevated unfold of the coronavirus.
(Modifying by Alexander Smith)
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