Iran's leader urges penalties for COVID offenders

Elias Hubbard
October 26, 2020

"Currently, there is no way to fight this virus other than observing health protocols", Rouhani said on Saturday at the meeting of the coronavirus task force members with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. The government has a complete lockdown stressing it would further stabilize its market, already diminished by unprecedented USA sanctions.

The "basis and the priority in all decision-making is the health of the people", Khamenei said, noting that "an autumn resurgence of Covid-19 is occurring all over the world".

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Many hardliner lawmakers have criticized Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's direction of this pandemic and required his resignation. Rouhani is now a reformist politician and championed Tehran's atomic deal with world forces, which started falling following the U.S.'s continuing withdrawal.

Lawmaker Mojtaba Zolnouri, who heads parliament's influential committee for national security and foreign policy, called on his Twitter account for Rouhani's "hanging a thousand times until people's hearts are satisfied".

"Khamenei indirectly convicted such inflammatory statements at the assembly, calling it" wrong" He explained there's a gap between criticisms and insults.

Iran shattered its single-day death toll record on Monday, and recorded consecutive daily infection highs on Tuesday and Wednesday - then again on Friday.

"Some countries, such as the United States, have the worst kind of management ..."

He added, "In the case of coronavirus, it became clear to us how important it is for us to rely on our inner strength and facilities and not to rely on others, and we realized that in these days, we should stand on our own two feet because others, even in matters of human rights, health care and the saving human lives, do not help despite what they chant".

Iranian health ministry Saeed Namaki stated in the assembly that the pandemic may just be controlled by implementing tighter restrictions.

"We must curb the disease by enforcing regulations and tightening legal restrictions", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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