“Iran made mask-wearing mandatory in public in Tehran on Saturday with violations punishable by fines, President Hassan Rouhani said, as a third wave of coronavirus infections sweeps across the country.”
“The daily death toll from COVID-19 peaked at 239 this week in Iran, the worst hit country in the Middle East.
On Saturday, the health ministry reported 195 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total toll to 28,293. There were 3,875 new cases, ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV.
Masks have been compulsory in indoor public spaces since July.
Rouhani said in televised remarks that anyone caught outdoors without a mask in the capital would henceforth be fined 500,000 rials and those infected with the coronavirus who do not self-quarantine or inform friends and colleagues of their illness would be fined 2 million rials.
Schools, mosques, shops, restaurants and other public institutions in Tehran closed for a week on Oct 3 in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The city’s governor extended the closure on Friday for another week.”