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Iran to implement tighter restrictions as of next Saturday amid COVID-19 rise: President Rouhani

Iran Press TV

Saturday, 14 November 2020 2:49 PM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says a plan to impose severe restrictions will be implemented across the country as of next Saturday to minimize gatherings and traffic in a bid to halt a surge in the number of coronavirus infections and related deaths.

"The purpose of the intensification of the restrictions is for the people to fully understand that this is a state of emergency and everyone must help [the country] get out of this situation with the least harm," Rouhani said while speaking on Saturday at the meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus.

He added that the entirety of the plan would continue until the end of the coronavirus pandemic, noting that restrictions have been implemented in different Iranian cities and provinces since the outbreak of the deadly disease some nine months ago.

"It has been almost nine months since we are facing the coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, a new wave of the virus pandemic has emerged in the world and caused several problems for countries and nations," Rouhani said.

He noted that restrictions for each city will be placed according to its conditions in terms of the disease spread and said the details of the new plan would be finalized this week.

This came as the spokeswoman for Iran's Health Ministry announced on Saturday another record for mortalities from COVID-19 pandemic.

Sima Sadat Lari said 452 people had died of coronavirus infection over the past 24 hours taking the country's overall COVID-19 death toll to 41,034 across the country with 27 provinces still in red state in terms of coronavirus infections.

The spokeswoman added that during the same 24-hour period 11,203 new coronavirus cases were confirmed across the country as a result of which the total number of coronavirus cases in Iran has soared to 749,525.

Lari said as many as 552,747 individuals had recovered, and that over 5,464,191 people had been tested for the virus in the country so far.

The announcement of fresh restrictions come nearly two weeks after new restrictions on public transportation and traffic were imposed in 25 provincial capitals.

Kianush Jahanpour, the spokesman of Iran's Food and Drug Administration, said on Friday that eight of the vaccines Iran is formulating locally against COVID-19 have made their way onto the World Health Organization (WHO)'s list of 48 promising candidate vaccines.

Iranian scientists, along with researchers from around the world, have been racing to develop safe and effective vaccines aimed at stopping the spread of the highly-infectious respiratory disease.

As many as a dozen team of Iranian specialists have been working round-the-clock in the field while adhering to international standards and WHO guidelines, out of which four have reported promising results in tests on animals, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said late last month.

Namaki also said Iran hoped to start human trials of three vaccines in the coming weeks, and that it had already informed the United Nations health agency of its achievements.

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