Iran says 140 health workers died from coronavirus Jul 16, 2020 0 320 12345 AFPTehranIran said on Wednesday that 140 of its health workers had died of the novel coronavirus, with thousands of others infected, as officials urged Iranians to observe health protocols.The Islamic republic has been struggling to contain the Middle East’s worst COVID-19 outbreak since announcing its first cases in mid-February.“Five thousand of our doctors and nurses have been infected with COVID-19, and tragically, we have lost 140 of them” since the start of the pandemic, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said in televised remarks.“We all owe them our lives and to honour them, we must observe health protocols.”Iran has been battling a resurgence of the COVID-19 illness, with official figures showing a rise in both new infections and deaths since a two-month low in May.President Hassan Rohani also urged them to respect health regulations, in particular social distancing.“We ask the people to avoid all gatherings and to adapt the way of life to the current situation” imposed by the virus, he said during a televised cabinet meeting Wednesday.Lari said the country had recorded 13,410 deaths overall, with 199 in the past 24 hours.She added that 2,388 people had also tested positive for the COVID-19, raising the total cases confirmed to 264,561.The rising toll has prompted authorities to make masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces and to allow the hardest-hit provinces to reimpose restrictive measures.The capital Tehran has reintroduced restrictive measures for a week, after they were progressively lifted country-wide in April to reopen Iran’s sanctions-battered economy.The province housing the city of more than 8 million is currently on “alert” status, according to Lari, and its virus taskforce has called for an extension of restrictions for another week.“In the past 24 hours, 890 people were hospitalised in Tehran alone, which is equal to other provinces’ total patients,” IRNA state news agency quoted Alireza Lari as saying.The restrictions in place include banning gatherings of more than 10 people and closing gyms, pools, zoos, cafes and other businesses. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Ethiopia denies filling Nile dam without Egyptian agreement Jul 16, 2020 0 1230 Iranian judiciary says death penalty for 3 protesters not final Jul 16, 2020 0 55 Tunisian Prime Minister Fakhfakh resigns after row with Islamists Jul 16, 2020 0 56 Iran’s Rowhani expresses hope for implementation of 2015 nuclear deal Tehran Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Wednesday expressed his ongoing hope that international cooperation could lead to the successful implementation of the nuclear deal signed in 2015. The nuclear agreement .. Yemen rebels say Saudi-led airstrikes kill 10 civilians Sana’aAirstrikes by a Saudi-led alliance on Wednesday killed 10 civilians in northern Yemen, Houthi rebels said, amid a military escalation in the war-torn country. The bombing in Yemen’s northern province of Jawf hit .. African court orders Tanzania to allow challenges to presidential results Dar es Salaam The African rights court on Wednesday ordered Tanzania to amend a section of its constitution which bars any court from probing the election of a president after a winner is officially announced. The African ..