Iranian spokesman: No interruption to social distancing
The spokesperson for the Iranian government dismissed speculation about a halt to the social distancing measures to counter the coronavirus pandemic, saying the government cares about both the health and economic life of people.
There will be no halt to the social distancing strategy, Ali Rabiee said at a press conference on Monday, stressing that protection of health of people is a basic principle for the government, not just one of the priorities.
According to Tasnim news agency, he added the model that the government follows regards the health of people as fundamental, and at the same time it cares about the economic and social life of people in accordance with the social distancing and health protocols,.
“We should all know that in our strategy, protection of lives of people is still the principle and basis, and there is no replacement for the health of society. Some announce that a series of priorities are changing. That’s not true, as our decisions are made to protect the health of people,” Rabiee added.
On Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani unveiled a plan for smart social distancing across the country as a new phase of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The president has also called on the chairpersons of committees of the Coronavirus Fight National Headquarters to assess the situation carefully and make decisions about the details of the new plan.
Varied and extensive protocols for the fight against the coronavirus should be defined carefully in all fields, proportional to various businesses, for the reopening period after making sure that following the previous stages, the conditions have been stabilized, he emphasized.
The president underlined that the new health protocols for smart social distancing should be devised in such a way that all people in various sectors may rest assured that their health would be protected with a high degree of confidence by observing the protocols if they get out of the house or work.