Iran plans to ease restrictions on the new coronavir next week, Iranian President Hasan Ruhani said on Sunday.
In Iran, more than 3,600 people have died from the new coronavirus disease, Covid-19, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Health.
The number of confirmed infections has exceeded 58,226.
From Saturday, part of the stores in Iran’s provinces will be allowed to resume work under strict hygiene measures, Ruhani revealed.
In Tehran, such concessions will take effect from 18 April.
However, gyms, stadiums, swimming pools and similar places where a lot of people tend to congregate will remain closed.
From 11 April, two thirds of the staff of the public authorities will be allowed to return to work between 7 am and 2 pm Only one third of the staff currently work in the offices.
Schools and universities will remain closed until at least April 18, with the exception of doctoral students, Ruhani said.
Religious sites will also remain closed until April 18, and prayers are prohibited on Fridays until further notice.
Travel between provinces is also not allowed until April 18.
Among the countries of the Middle East, Iran has suffered the most from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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