Iran now prohibits big gatherings such as weddings and funerals due to a presidential announcement on Saturday. 

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announced in a televised speech the following measures to curb the coronavirus spread. 

However, the economy must stay open. 

“We must ban ceremonies and gathers all over the country,” said Rouhani. 

After Rouhani’s speech, Tehran announced the shutdown of venues used for weddings and funerals. 

There are no dates yet until when the ban will be in effect.

Recently, a Tehran council member called for a stronger approach in enforcing restrictions in the city, said Fars News Agency. 

IRAN'S PRESIDENT BANS WEDDINGS AND WAKES
President Hassan Rouhani

COVID-19 Cases Hits A New Record High

Iran has been relaxing its coronavirus restrictions little by little. 

However, there have been sudden spikes in its cases. 

Hossein Qenaati, an advisor to Iran’s COVID-19 task force issued a warning about the effect of the virus.  

“The second wave,” he said. 

“Will be much more deadly.” 

50,000-60,000 people could die if proper measures are not made, he said.

Iran now has 255,117 confirmed COVID-19 cases, as per Johns Hopkins University data. 

It is now the 9th country with the highest number of coronavirus cases worldwide. 

In addition, it is also the worst-hit nation in the Middle East.

There were also 2,397 reported new cases on Saturday, said Iran’s Ministry of Health spokesperson, Sima Sadat Lari.

Moreover, the total number of deaths due to the virus is now 12,635, she added. 

Economy First

Iran’s officials have blamed the increase in the cases to public gatherings, wedding parties, and wakes. 

However, tougher measures may not be the best solution when it comes to the economy. 

“The easiest option is to shut everything,” Raouhani, pertaining to businesses, explained.

However, it is not the best option as people might take to the streets due to hunger and unemployment. 

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