Iran has reopened for business, despite its persistent Coronavirus outbreak, as the country says there is no end in sight to the pandemic.
“Due to uncertainty about when this virus will end, we are preparing for work, activity and science,” President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday during a televised cabinet meeting.
“We have to follow all the medical instructions, but work and production are as essential as these precautions”.
His remarks come as the health ministry announced that 80 new deaths from the virus has taken the country’s overall toll to 5,957.
Ministry spokesperson, Kianoush Jahanpour, said another 1,073 people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours.
Only 20,000 of the 93,657 people who contracted the illness since mid-February have been discharged from hospital, he told a televised news conference.
Iran has struggled to contain the outbreak since reporting its first cases; two deaths in the Shiite holy city of Qom, on February 19.
The actual numbers of those killed and sickened by the virus are thought to be much higher than the Iranian government’s official tolls.
Despite still battling the virus, the government has allowed many businesses to reopen since April 11, after shutting most of them down in mid-March to curtail the spread of the disease.