News ID: 275852
Published: 1105 GMT October 23, 2020

Iran to tighten pandemic restrictions in capital as virus cases keep rising

Iran to tighten pandemic restrictions in capital as virus cases keep rising

Head of Iran’s National Headquarters for Fighting Coronavirus Alireza Zali said the COVID-19-related restrictions will be intensified in capital Tehran as of next week due to the increasing number of infected and hospitalized cases.

There were 9,700 new coronavirus positive patients from Thursday to Friday and more than 820 cases of them were hospitalized while another 163 are in critical condition, IRNA quoted him saying on Friday.

Over 600 patients have recovered, Zali said, as the rate of COVID-19 related deaths in 24 hours shows a 15% growth comparing to last week.

He added that more inspections will be carried out by police forces starting next week to check proper observance of the health public orders and restrictions including wearing face masks in workplaces, up to 50% reduction of the number of employees in public offices, and traffic restrictions.

Vulnerable people including those who are over 65-year-old have to stay at home or work from home for their own safety, he said.

In the past two weeks, the government mandated that all Tehran residents wear face masks outdoors and in public places, warning violators would be fined. Officials promised those who tested positive would be closely tracked.

Authorities extended the restrictions imposed in the capital for the second time last Saturday to limit spread of the virus.

According to Zali, the average rate of observing health order and restrictions by the public is increasing staying presently at 68.3% while it was less than 30% last week.

Iran is the worst-hit country by coronavirus in the West Asia recording 5,600 new cases of coronavirus patients on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Iran's Health Ministry announced the country’s total coronavirus cases have risen to 550,757 following the detection of 5,471 new cases from Wednesday to Thursday.

According to Spokeswoman of the Health Ministry Sima Sadat Lari, the novel coronavirus killed 304 more Iranians from Wednesday to Thursday, mounting the total death number to 31,650.



Resource: IRNA
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