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Iran plans to reopen mosques in areas free of coronavirus: President

Ali Khara via REUTERS

Iran plans to reopen mosques in parts of the country that have been consistently free of the coronavirus outbreak as restrictions on Iranians gradually ease, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday. Iran, one of the Middle Eastern countries hardest hit by the pandemic, will be divided up into white, yellow and red regions based on the number of infections and deaths, Rouhani said, according to the presidency’s website. Activities in each region will be restricted accordingly, so an area that has been consistently free of infections or deaths will be labeled white and mosques could be reopened with Friday prayers resuming, Rouhani said. He said the label given to any region in the Islamic Republic could change and he did not say when the color-coding program would come into force. Iranians have returned to shops, bazaars, and parks over the past week as the country eases coronavirus restrictions with the daily increase in the death toll below 100 since April 14. The toll rose by 60 over the past 24 hours to 5,710 with 90,481 confirmed cases, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV on Sunday.

26 April 2020


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