Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus.
Iran has been battling the spread of the coronavirus since it reported its first cases in late February, with the total number of cases hitting 237,878 on Saturday and a further 148 deaths bringing the country’s toll to 11,408, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state television.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (L), and Minister of Health Saeed Namaki, wearing face masks as they attend a cabinet session in the capital Tehran. (AFP)
And a government website published photos of Rouhani, who is rarely seen wearing a mask, with a face covering.