Iran reports daily record of over 160 COVID-19 deaths Jun 30, 2020 0 24 12345 Tehran Iran on Monday reported over 160 Covid-19-related deaths in 24 hours, a record number and one that has led to serious concern in the Health Ministry.The death toll has now risen to 10,670, with 225,205 infections recorded, Health Ministry spokesperson Sima Lari said on Monday on state TV.Experts say the new rise in cases is down to the recent relaxation of restrictions, instigated by the government after a fall in cases at the end of May, which saw nearly all employment sectors given the green light.The relaxation meant that people were less careful, the Health Ministry said, adding that only 10 per cent of Iran’s 82 million people were taking hygiene measures seriously.Now President Hassan Rowhani wants to introduce compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in covered areas where large gatherings take place. But experts doubt that these measures will be followed by the public, particularly because there will be neither specific monitoring nor fines for non-compliance. (DPA) Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Nine bodies found in new Libya mass grave: Pro-government forces Jun 30, 2020 0 1084 Israel’s annexation plans ‘illegal’: UN rights chief Jun 30, 2020 0 236 ‘It’s my dam’: Ethiopians unite around Nile River mega-project Jun 30, 2020 0 234 Iran asks Interpol to help arrest Trump for killing general AFP Tehran Iran said Monday it has called for Interpol to help arrest President Donald Trump and 35 other US officials for the January killing of its top general in an American drone strike. Tehran prosecutor Ali Qasi Mehr, .. Record number of Syrians going hungry, aid groups warn AFP Beirut Leading aid groups called Monday for increased access and funding for millions of Syrians at risk of starvation, on the eve of a key conference in Brussels. More than nine years into the conflict, the fighting .. Fire in Egypt hospital kills 7 coronavirus patients Cairo A fire at a hospital in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Monday killed seven coronavirus patients, security and medical sources said. Seven other people were injured in the blaze, believed to be caused by a .. Iraq frees 14 pro-Iran fighters held over rocket fire Baghdad More than a dozen pro-Iran fighters arrested in an unprecedented raid by elite Iraqi forces were released Monday and the case against them dropped, their group’s spokesman said. Counter-terrorism forces .. South African state corruption probe resumes after 3 months AFP Johannesburg A South African judicial commission probing state corruption during former president Jacob Zuma’s nine-year tenure resumed hearings on Monday after a three-month interruption casued by the ..