Iran has opened the new school year after nearly seven months of closure. In a video conference, President Hassan Rouhani said the education of 15 million students is as important as the health system.
“Education will not be closed in our country even under the worst situation,” he said, urging authorities to implement health measures in schools to the level of those in military garrisons.
The reopening of schools came as many, including medical professionals, expressed concern over a possible increase in infections. Iran’s death toll from COVID-19 has so far passed 22,000 from 382,772 confirmed cases. The country has had the first and worst outbreak in the Middle East.