Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the mandatory wearing of face masks in public after coronavirus cases continued to rise in recent weeks.
Rouhani announced the new measure on Saturday, which came into effect on Sunday, according to the Iranian state news agency, IRNA.
He said during a meeting of Iran’s coronavirus task force that people would only be able to receive services from the state and other organizations “if they observe protective and health protocols and wear masks.”
Employees could go to work “only if they wear masks and obey different health protocols,” he added.
According to the Iran’s Health Ministry, the country recorded 2,613 new confirmed cases and 160 new related deaths on Monday.
These figures raise the nationwide total to 243,051 cases and 11,731 deaths.