News ID: 270943
Published: 0504 GMT July 02, 2020

Rouhani urges need to implement ‘new restrictions’ to control COVID-19 outbreak

Rouhani urges need to implement ‘new restrictions’ to control COVID-19 outbreak

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has stressed the need to enforce further restrictions in cities recognized as “red zones based on precise and completely smart estimates” to control the mounting number of COVID-19 infection.

He made the remarks in a meeting of the heads of specialized committees of the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus held on July 2, reported.

President Rouhani called on the Iranian media to help change public lifestyle so that it leads to further prevention of the outbreak of the fatal disease nationwide.

He criticized lack of proper observance of social distancing regulations in public transport sector, calling it a major factor in the increasing the number of patients newly infected by COVID-19. President Rouhani urged officials of the Social Security committee “to intensify monitoring and preventive measures” to this end.

Noting that there is “no need to apply general and full-scale restrictions” throughout the country, President Rouhani said, “New bans should only be implemented on identified areas through effective methods in red zones of each province base on the decisions made by provincial officials.”

The coronavirus death toll has shown a critical rise in Iran during the past couple of days due to the lack of proper following of hygiene standards by the people and their attendance in public gatherings such as family parties, weddings and funerals.

Latest report by Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari on July 2 showed that the number of COVID-19 victims in the country has surpassed 11,000 reaching 11,106.

During the past 24 hours, Lari said on Thursday morning, 2,652 new cases of infection with the COVID-19 were identified and 1,595 of them have been hospitalized, IRNA reported.

She noted that a total of 232,863 Iranians have so far been confirmed infected with the COVID-19, 194,098 of whom have been recovered and discharged from hospital.

According to Lari, another 3,097 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition and being treated in intensive care units.

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