Iran’s military to enforce cyber monitoring and closure of public spaces

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TABRIZ, IRAN - MARCH 13: Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex is closed for two days within precautions against coronavirus (Covid-19) in Tabriz, Iran on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Iran’s Armed Forces will start clearing public spaces nationwide as part of a scaled-up effort to halt the spread of coronavirus in the country, according to state-run Press TV. 

Most shops, streets and roads will be closed within a period of 24 hours that began on Friday, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said Friday, as quoted by Press TV. Only essential shops and offices, like grocery stores, pharmacies and banks will remain open with minimal staff. 

He said:Over the next one week to 10 days, the entire Iranian nation will be monitored once through cyberspace, by phone and, if necessary, in person, and those suspected of the disease will be identified.”

He added that law enforcement and security committees along with the Interior Ministry and provincial governors will be clearing shops, streets and roads.

The suspected cases will be transferred to medical centers, Baqeri said, adding that the Iranian Armed Forces would establish up to 1,000 treatment units for coronavirus patients. He also urged the Iranian people to comply with the Health Ministry safety guidelines in order to stop the outbreak in a timely manner. 

Coronavirus has so far killed 514 people and infected over 11,300 in Iran. 

On Friday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif submitted a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging the international community to disregard the “inhumane” sanctions imposed by the US.  

“I urge the world body—and member states—to disregard inhuman US sanctions on my country. And insist that they be lifted,” Zarif said on his official Twitter account. “As the #COVID19 ravages Iran, we should recognize that viruses don’t discriminate. To fight them, neither should humans.” 

Also on Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said an apparent offer from US President Donald Trump to help Iran fight the virus was “hypocritical” and “repulsive,” according to Press TV.  

“Instead of hypocritical displays of compassion and repulsive bragging, you should end your economic and medical terrorism so that medicine and medical supplies can reach medical staff and the Iranian people,” Mousavi said, adding that Washington should care for its own people amid the pandemic.

Hezbollah’s Chief Hassan Nasrallah also blasted Trump and his administration on Friday for their transparency in keeping the public informed, according to Press TV.  

“We are in the middle of a battle that resembles a world war,” and Trump and his team have been “the worst liars” when it comes to fighting the virus, Nasrallah said. 

Source: CNN News

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