Iran has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic but despite the death toll rising as a result of COVID-19, the country has not imposed a full lockdown. This move has been done to seek a balance between protecting public health and shielding an economy already damaged by international sanctions.
In the latest of the gradual ease to the Iranians, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has planned to reopen mosques in parts of the country that have been consistently free of the coronavirus outbreak.
Rouhani has decided to adopted a colour-code programme for the country, and activities in each region will be restricted accordingly. He said that an area that has been consistently free of infections or deaths will be labelled white and mosques could be reopened and Friday prayers resumed.
Additionally, on April 26, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a phone call with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Along with passing on a congratulatory message for the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, both the Foreign Ministers discussed the battle against the spread of the coronavirus and regional developments.