Iran shuts government offices, tightens virus restrictions

by MCR Correspondent

Iran has announced closure of all government offices to tighten coronavirus restrictions in the country.

While disclosing this in a report on Friday November 27, 2020, Health Ministry spokeswoman, it was stated that all offices will effectively close and operate with only essential staff “to further tighten coronavirus measures as the country struggles to contain its most widespread wave of infection yet.”

Starting this Saturday — the first day of Iran’s workweek — “only those employees who need to be present will be at work” in government offices.

The report urges Iranians to postpone any planned visits to government offices.

Infections have soared in recent months, and on Friday, Iran again set a record for new virus cases in a single day with 14,051 cases, bringing the total to 922,397.

Iran has also recorded more than 400 daily virus deaths since last Saturday, the same day new tightened restrictions went into effect.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the death toll on Friday reached 47,095, after 406 people died since Thursday.

Since Saturday, some government offices and organizations had closed or began working with less than 30% of their employees, while banks, post offices, communications and other utilities worked with half their staff.

Those new lockdown measures also included shuttering most businesses, shops, malls, and restaurants, and are set to last two weeks.

Earlier this month, authorities ordered a month-long nightly curfew for businesses in Tehran and 30 other major cities and towns, asking nonessential shops to keep their workers home.

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