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Iran’s President outlines 3-phased lifting of Covid-19 lockdown



 Iran’s President, Hassan Rowhani, has described how the country will go about lifting coronavirus lockdown measures as the outbreak is slowly brought under control.

“Of course we don’t want any more coronavirus victims; at the same time we don’t want to let people starve to death,” Rowhani said in a message on state television on Wednesday.

The president noted that many people had observed the lockdown for two months without being paid and government planned to relax the regulations in three phases.

He said the first phase would start on Saturday, when those employed in sectors of the economy considered to have low risk of infection and not located in Tehran could begin returning to their jobs.

In the second phase, the employment restrictions will be lifted in Tehran, Iran’s biggest city and hotspot of COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Rowhani said at some point, industries considered at high risk would be allowed to re-open, but did not specify which types of businesses that would be involved.

The president said the third phase would include the opening of sports facilities, festival venues, religious sites and hair salons.

“Friday prayers remain cancelled for the time being,” the president said.

Iran has seen one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world.

According to the country’s Health Ministry, more than 4,000 people have died so far and over 64,000 infected, almost 4,000 of whom are in critical condition.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Ejike Obeta

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