Virus: economic activity and number of dead back in Iran

Virus: activité économique et nombre de morts remontent en Iran

Tehran | The number of dead from new coronavirus in Iran climbed officially for the second day in a row Monday, with economic activity gradually picking up in the country.

“As businesses get back to work and that the movement of people is increasing, compliance with sanitary protocols and rules of social distancing is more necessary than ever”, said Kianouche Jahanpour, a spokesperson for the ministry of Health.

“This means that we must not be complacent, but rather that we need to be more,” added Mr. Jahanpour, who was speaking during his press briefing televised daily.

In the past 24 hours, 91 people died as a result of the COVID-19, bringing the balance of the epidemic in the country at 5209 dead, said Mr. Jahanpour.

According to him, the spread of the epidemic continues to slow, with 1294 new cases of infection confirmed since Sunday afternoon.

In total, Iran has declared 83 505 confirmed cases since February, when the country was recognized to be affected by the new coronavirus.

According to official figures, 59 273 people who have been hospitalized because of the disease have been allowed to return home after they have cured, but 3389 patients are in serious condition.

The government’s figures on the disease raise doubts abroad, but also in the interior of the country, where officials say they are largely under-estimated.

To combat the spread of the disease, the authorities had ordered mid-march, the closure of all economic activities non-essential.

Since 11 April, they have allowed a gradual resumption of activity.

It was concerned in the first place, the economic activities are “low risk of spread” of the virus (small trade and small businesses mostly) to reopen in the provinces.

The measure has been extended to Tehran Saturday, and since Monday, these are activities that are “medium-risk”, as the stores and shops located in “areas covered”, such as bazaars or shopping malls that have been allowed to reopen their doors.

In the early after-noon, the bazaar of Tadjriche, market known in the north of Tehran, was operating his moult. More than 90% of the shops were open, contrasting with the performances of its aisles empty of the previous week, according to an AFP journalist.

Schools, universities, mosques, shrines, shiite, cinemas, stadiums, sports halls and places of aggregation, however, remain closed until further order throughout the country.

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