Iran Reopens Mosques In Low Risk Area Of Covid-19
Iran has reopened mosques in parts of the country deemed at low risk from the novel coronavirus as it announced another 74 deaths from the disease.
Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the new fatalities brought to 6,277 the total number officially recorded in Iran since it reported its first cases in mid-February.
That was a jump in deaths compared with 47 on Sunday, which was the lowest daily count that Iran has recorded in 55 days.
Another 1,223 cases of COVID-19 infections were recorded in the past 24 hours, Jahanpour said, raising the total to 98,647.
Mosques were allowed to reopen to worshippers in 132, or around a third, of Iran’s administrative divisions which are considered low-risk.
The country has started using a colour-coded system of “white”, “yellow” and “red” for different areas to classify the virus risk.
Worshippers have to enter mosques with masks and gloves, can only stay for half an hour during prayer times and must use their personal items, said the health ministry.
Mosques must also refrain from offering food and drinks, offer hand sanitisers and disinfect all surfaces.