Iran reopens some businesses in Tehran

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Iran lifted coronavirus restrictions Saturday in the capital, Tehran, for low-risk businesses such as clothing stores and book shops.

Restrictions in other provinces were lifted on April 11.

High-risk businesses, such as gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls, will remain closed, authorities said.

On Friday, when the country’s Army Day was marked, the Iranian Army put on a “service parade,” instead of the usual military parade, in solidarity with medical teams working during the pandemic, according to state media.

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Parades took place across the country and featured some of the army equipment used to assist the fight against the outbreak, including mobile hospitals, disinfection equipment and specially designed vehicles, state-run Press TV reported.

Images and video released by state media showed personnel wearing fatigues disinfecting train stations, squares and other public spaces.

Iran reported 89 more coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, bringing the nationwide total to 4,958, Iranian Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on state television.

Iran has the highest number of reported coronavirus cases and deaths in the Middle East.

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