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Coronavirus Infections Now Above 250,000 In Iran

As the deadly novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc globally, a series of tests and measures are being carried out to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Among the African countries, Iran happens to be one of the affected, and for this reason, President Hassan Rouhani launched new measures on Saturday to reduce the spread of the disease.

He said Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols – including social distancing – will be shut for a week.

Iran’s total number of coronavirus cases has reached 250,458 and a record 221 people died of the disease over the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 12,305, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Iran, the Middle East country hardest hit by the pandemic, has suffered a new spike in the number of daily infections and deaths in recent weeks as lockdown measures have been relaxed to help the economy revive.

Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Republic, have been shown wearing masks on state media websites in recent days.

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