Iran’s president has left nation open to second Covid-19 wave – critics

The Guardian | : Hassan Rouhani has eased social distancing rules and businesses are reopening

Iran’s president has been accused of leaving the country exposed to a second coronavirus outbreak after he relaxed social distancing rules in the face of concerns that as many as 7 million Iranians had been left jobless or suffering wage cuts because of the restrictions imposed by the government over the last month.

Hassan Rouhani has urged millions of low-risk businesses to reopen and lifted travel restrictions within provinces. Most businesses in Tehran are not due to reopen formally until 18 April, but travel has already intensified, leading to a build-up of traffic.

Surveys cited by the government showed that a third of people are experiencing financial problems.

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