Rouhani Warns Renewal of Lockdown in Iran as People Flout COVID-19 Measures

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the population that stricter COVID-19 restrictions could be re-imposed by the government if people continue to flout the preventive health measures to check the spread of the virus.

Iran has recorded 184,955 confirmed Coronavirus cases with an increase of 2,410 over the past day – the highest daily rise since last weekend.

In a televised speech, Rouhani cited figures from April and May that showed around 80% of the people cooperated better in implementing the health guidelines, but since June,
it was “disturbing” to see that this proportion had decreased to 20%.

“It could be worrisome,” he said.

Speaking at the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran, Rouhani said regional governors will be able to introduce the lockdown measures if needed.
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He also praised provinces that had successfully fought the pandemic and were experiencing a decline in the number of fresh infections.

Iran had announced an easing of restrictions over the past month after they said they had hit the peak of new cases.

“If a peak returns to a province, we have to restore the restrictions. If the health of the people in a city or a province is endangered, we have no option but to restore the restrictions. If we want the restrictions to reduce, we must observe all principles,” Rouhani had said when the country re-opened.

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