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13 Apr 2020

Iran’s coronavirus epicentre reopens ‘low risk’ shops and factories

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Many so-called ‘low risk’ shops and factories reopened in Iran this weekend, including in the holy city of Qom, the centre of the country’s outbreak.

The capital Tehran remains closed, along with schools, universities and restaurants – while President Rouhani has warned that social distancing measures must stay in place, amid widespread concern about a possible ‘second wave’.

The country’s official death toll stands at over 4,400 – and many Iranians have taken to social media to question the government’s handling of the crisis.