Iran temporarily reopens all mosques
Iran temporarily reopened all mosques throughout the country in a further step towards exiting the lockdown imposed to curtail the spread of covid-19, Reuters reports citing official media.
The decision was made in cooperation with the Department of Health, despite the fact that recent relaxation of the lockdown has resulted in a rise in infections in some regions. The mosques will be open for three days.
Last Friday, religious gatherings were allowed to resume in up to 180 urban centres deemed to be at a lower risk of viral contagion.
Schools are due to reopen next week according to the official website of President Hassan Rouhani. Intercity trips have been permitted to resume and large shopping malls have been reopened.
Iran was the hardest hit country in the Middle East by the coronavirus pandemic. 45 people have died over the past 24 hours bringing the total death toll to 6,685. The number of cases currently stands at 109,286.
Concerns have been raised about the likely severe impact of the pandemic and the associated lockdown on Iran’s ailing economy. In a bid to boost growth Rouhani has changed the minister of industry, mines and trade on Monday, replacing Reza Rahmani with Hossein Modares Khiabani. The new minister has been tasked with expanding non-fossil fuel exports and supporting domestic production.