Apr 05, 2020 11:07 UTC
  • President Rouhani: Low-risk businesses halted over coronavirus to resume Saturday

President Hassan Rouhani says low-risk economic activities, which have been suspended over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will resume from April 11.

According to Press TV, in a Sunday address to the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus, Rouhani announced that medium- and low-risk businesses can recommence next week, except those in Tehran Province.

“Regarding low-risk economic activities and the businesses that are not high-risk, it was decided that they resume in the provinces on Saturday, April 11, while observing the protocols announced by Health Ministry,” Rouhani noted.

Those activities, he added, will resume in Tehran Province on April 18 under similar health protocols and careful monitoring.

Rouhani said two thirds of all Iranian government employees will work out of the office from Saturday and the remaining will be allowed to skip work on a rotational basis.

A person who tests positive for the coronavirus is obliged to inform his manager and put himself under a two-week self-quarantine, he said.

Ministry reports 151 new deaths

A Health Ministry spokesman said on Sunday Iran's death toll from COVID-19 had reached 3,603 among a total of 58,226 infected people.

One hundred and fifty one people have died in the past twenty four hours, Kianush Jahanpur said.

"Fortunately, the recovery process has accelerated and so far 22,011 patients have recovered and been discharged," he added.