Iran to Make Mask-Wearing Mandatory from Next Week

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 09:52

The national headquarters for coronavirus fight has announced that in order to prevent COVID-19 transmission, people must wear face masks indoors or in gatherings from July 5 to 21.

According to the ISNA news agency report, mask-wearing would be "obligatory in covered spaces where there are gatherings", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during a televised meeting of the country's anti-virus taskforce.

Using a face mask prevents coronavirus transmission up to 80 percent, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.

The provinces of Khuzestan, Kermanshah, Kordestan, Hormozgan, West Azarbaijan, and Khorasan Razavi have the highest prevalence of COVID-19, she announced.

The new cases of infection in the provinces of East Azarbaijan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Bushehr, Lorestan, and Golestan is alarming.

The number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in Iran reached 222,669 on Sunday, of whom 10,508 have died and 183,301 recovered so far. Over the past 24 hours, 2,489 new cases of people having the virus have been identified, and 144 died, Sadat Lari said.

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