Iran Launches Mask-Wearing Campaign Due to Increase in Coronavirus Cases

The coronavirus continues to shake the world with bad health, economic, and political consequences in almost every country.

Iran was not an exception as the country was one of the most damaged countries before the restrictions occurred. After they were lifted again, the case number started to increase again. Iran also started to face more than 100 deaths a day in the last nine days, just like two months ago.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told the reporters that 2,456 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours and there are now 220,180 overall cases in the country. She also said that 125 people died and the number surpassed 10,000 victims of the deadly virus.

Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi told the Iran’s Young Journalists Clum semi-official news website that in one province, 120 people had been infected after attending a wedding party, but he did not say which specific province.

He also urged Iranian citizens to wear masks and to take the disease seriously while he launched the “I wear mask’’ campaign.

“In our country, every 33 seconds, one person is infected with the coronavirus, and every 13 minutes, one person dies from it. I desperately – and in a friendly way – plead with people to cooperate in observing medical protocols for their own sake and that of others,’’ Harirchi said.

However, wearing a mask in Iran is not mandatory for the people. On the other hand, Harirchi added that wearing a mask reduces the risk of the spread of the virus by 85 percent.

According to Reuters, state TV on Friday aired interviews with several patients in hospitals who said they contracted the virus after attending wedding parties, wakes, and other gatherings. 

Hossein Entezami, the director of Cinema Organization of Iran said that around 18,000 people went to movie theatres when they reopened on Friday.

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