Iran plans to make mask-wearing mandatory in public. After imposing it in Tehran to fight rising coronavirus infections, the health minister said on Sunday, as the country’s nuclear chief became the latest official to be infected.

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President Hassan Rouhani announced that violators would be fined, as the country battles a third wave of coronavirus infections.

“We have asked the police and the basij (paramilitary volunteers) and other agencies to help us .. fight violations more severely.

So, This action will start in Tehran. Also, It will spread out to other large cities in a few weeks.” Health Minister Saeed Namaki.

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Reportedly, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, is positive for COVID-19 after the test, but that “his general condition is good and he continuously monitors the issues of the organization”.

On Saturday, Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht, a vice president in charge of economic planning, said he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Two other vice presidents have covid19. Also, at least two senior officials have died of COVID-19.

The daily death toll from COVID-19 peaked at 239 this week in Iran, the worst hit country in the Middle East.

Masks have been compulsory in indoor public spaces since July.

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Schools, mosques, shops, restaurants and other public institutions in Tehran closed for a week on Oct. 3 in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The city’s governor extended the closure on Friday for another week.