News ID: 270132
Published: 0232 GMT June 13, 2020

Rouhani: Virus restrictions to be restored if health rules not observed

Rouhani: Virus restrictions to be restored if health rules not observed
MEHR

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the government will reimpose restrictions to stem coronavirus cases if health regulations are not observed.

“If people do not cooperate and public health is endangered, we will have to restore all restrictions,” Rouhani said at meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran.

At the meeting, Rouhani discussed the situation in Iranian provinces with regard to the outbreak.

Many provinces have passed the first COVID-19 infection peak and their situation is no longer an emergency, but several others are still about to pass it, he said, raising concerns about a drop in people's observance of health protocols.

While compliance with health protocols was as high as 80% percent a month ago, it is now down to 20%, Rouhani said.

Iran reported its first COVID-19 infection cases in late February and afterward introduced lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures to rein in the pandemic.

After gradually relaxing restrictions since mid-April, Iran has seen a rise of new daily infections in recent weeks.

Rouhani said adherence to the health protocols were needed "in order to keep businesses open".

"All these reopenings are conditional on collective cooperation. If we are forced to, we will restore the restrictions. If a peak returns to a province, we have to restore the restrictions of the first weeks. If the heath of the people in a city or a province is endangered, we have no option but to restore the restrictions. If we want the restrictions to reduce, we must observe all principles," Rouhani said.

With 2,410 new cases on Saturday, the total has reached 184,955. With the death of 71 people in the past 24 hours, total fatalities stand at 8,730, the Health Ministry said.

Rouhani expressed concern about gatherings at the recently opened shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH), Iran’s largest Shia Muslim religious complex in the northeast city of Mashhad.

With 2,410 new cases on Saturday, the total has reached 184,955. With the death of 71 people in the past 24 hours, total fatalities stand at 8,730, the Health Ministry said.

Rouhani stressed that Iran has not reached herd immunity that happens when a virus can no longer spread easily because sufficiently high proportion of individuals are immune to the virus.

"The coronavirus had caused problems for us, but it also created opportunities. It mobilized all government branches, political parties and groups, forming a national coalition for heath and livelihood, i.e. a national coalition for life. That is a great achievement," he said.

"The experience gained over the past months tells us that we will be prevailed against both the coronavirus and sanctions if we stand together and join hands."

US sanctions on Iran have hampered Iran’s ability to adequately respond to the pandemic and prevented the country from purchasing life-saving medical items from abroad.

Reuters and Press TV contributed to this story.

 

 

   
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