Iran: Worshippers return to Friday prayers as lockdown eased

Friday prayers resumed in mosques in 146 Iranian cities for the first time in two months, as authorities eased some coronavirus restrictions in the country. Worshippers in Rudbar and Fahraj, among other locations, were wearing face masks and had their body temperature checked upon entrance, before attending the prayer. Religious gatherings will continue to be banned in major cities, including... Еще all provincial capitals, with Iran's health ministry announcing there are currently no plans to reopen the religious shrines. Iran was one of the earliest countries reporting mass fatalities from COVID-19, and still has no plans reopen their most holy sites during Ramadan, such as the Imam Reza Shrine. The country registered over 104,690 coronavirus cases and 6,541 fatalities as of Friday, based on data compiled by John Hopkins University. **RESTRICTIONS: NO Access Israel Media/Persian Language TV Stations Outside Iran/Strictly No Access BBC Persian/VOA Persian/Manoto-1 TV/Iran International**

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