DUBAI: Iran has began an intercity journey ban, an Iranian official mentioned in a televised information convention on Thursday, a day after Iran’s authorities spokesman warned the nation would possibly face a second outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Officers have complained that many Iranians ignored appeals to remain at house and cancel journey plans for the Persian New 12 months holidays that started on March 20.
“Those who have travelled for the Iranian New Year holidays should immediately return to their cities without making any stop in the cities on their way back home,” mentioned Hossein Zolfaghari, a member of Iran’s nationwide headquarters for preventing the coronavirus.
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The outbreak has killed 2,077 folks in Iran the place there have been 27,017 reported circumstances of the virus to this point.
The authorities have referred to as on Iranians to keep away from public locations and keep at house, whereas faculties, universities, cultural and sports activities centres have been quickly closed.
“The closure of universities and schools, as well as suspension of gatherings, has been extended,” Zolfaghari mentioned, including that violators of the measures will face authorized penalties.
President Hassan Rouhani mentioned Iran will include the unfold of the virus in two weeks, including that additional measures have been taken to ease the financial affect of the outbreak on lower-income residents.
“We will send a letter to Iran’s supreme leader today to seek permission on withdrawal of $1 billion from Iran’s sovereign wealth fund,” Rouhani mentioned in a gathering, broadcast dwell on state TV.
Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on all state issues.
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“This amount will be used to help impacted lower-income people and to assist our health sector.”
Shut out of worldwide capital markets and going through an extra hit to its funds with the collapse in oil costs approaching high of US sanctions, Iran is struggling to defend its financial system from the coronavirus pandemic.
“Despite being under tough US sanctions … our fight against the coronavirus outbreak continues and we will overcome the outbreak,” mentioned Rouhani.